Bhubaneswar: 14/1/21; The holy Makar Sankranti, a Hindu festival, is being observed across the State amid religious fervour and serenity today. From today, the Sun moves northerly wards, creating a gradual rise in temperature on the Earth’s surface.
As per religious rituals, Makar Chaula (rice) is offered to Lord Shiva on an auspicious day. People, especially women, visit nearby Shiva temple and offer Makar Chaula to the lord to appease Him for the wellbeing of the family.
Shiva Temples like Shree Lingaraj Temple, Shree Loknath Temple, Shree Hatakeshwar Temple at Atri in Khurda district, Gupteswar Temple at Koraput, Dhabaleswar Temple at Athagarh, Panchalingeswar Temple at Balasore witness devotees in big numbers.
But this year the administration has imposed restrictions and Section 144 at several Shiv shrines in the state due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic following which Makar is being celebrated in a low-key manner across the state.
The Trinity of the Shreemandir, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, have adorned Makar Besha today. Similarly, Maa Tarini at Ghatagaon in Keonjhar district has attired Suna Besha today.