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Magha Saptami at Chandrabhaga

Konark: Several lakh of devotees have gathered from all over the country and outside for the Magha Saptami Mela to be held on the beach of the Chandrabhaga sea in Konark on Friday morning. Devotees of Sun God will be seen taking holy dips in the sea as a traditional ritual.

Konark, the Black Pagoda, is a popular destination for worshipping Lord Surya or the Sun God. On Magha Saptami observed on the seventh day of the waxing phase of the Odia month of magha, the devotees take a holy dip believing it will free them form evils as well as physical ailments.

Pilgrims have gathered at the Chandrabhaga Fair ground where a massive cultural fair is on. As per legend, Shamba, the son of Lord Krishna, was cured of leprosy after taking holy dip at the Chandrabhaga river on the seventh day of the bright half of Magha.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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