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Makar Sankranti, is being observed across the State amid religious fervour

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.

About Ashok Palit

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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