Makar Sankranti: Devotees perform first holy bath on Ardh Kumbh Mela

The first Hindu festival of the year, Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the Sun God. It is known as the harvest festival, which commence the new season of agriculture growth. The festival also marks the transition in the celestial path of Sun into the zodiac sign Capricorn.

Like the Diwali marking the winter season, Makar Sankranti marks the arrival of spring in India. The celebrations hold massive traditions behind it. It is almost celebrated in every part of our country. From Punjab to Tamil Nadu and from Gujarat to West Bengal, millions celebrate the occasion with utmost passion and pomp.

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If we neglect some rare exceptional cases, Makar Sankranti is one of the Indian festivals which fall usually in the span of 13, 14 and 15th of January. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, Sun will commence its spin to its northern movement in the Makar Rashi. Makar Sankranti holds great spiritual significance among the devotees and it’s time for fresh beginnings, resolutions and commitments.

In the auspicious Makar Sankranti, about 16 Lakh devotees performed the first holy bath on the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. The holy bath will progress through various occasions and end on the Chaitra Shukla Purnima on April 22. At least 1 million devotees are expected to take the holy bath this year.

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