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Thousands of devotees took a holy dip at the Chandrabhaga river on the occasion of the holy Magha Saptami festival

Konark:28/1/23: Thousands of devotees took a holy dip at the Chandrabhaga river here on Saturday morning on the occasion of the holy Magha Saptami festival. They congregated at Tirtha Puskarani (pond) for the holy dip on the auspicious occasion celebrated to mark the birth of the Sun god.

Lord Mahadev is also worshipped on the occasion. The devotees take a holy dip on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha with the belief that it would cleanse their sins and get them rid of skin diseases.

As is the tradition, idols of Lord Tribenishwar of Madhipur, Lord Ishaneshwar of Santhapur and Lord Dakshineshwar Mahadeb were brought in processions to the Chandrabhaga Tirtha. After taking their dips, devotees offered prayers to the deities there. Special pujas were also offered to the rising Sun at Chandrabhaga.

Later, the devotees visited the Sun Temple at Konark.

The Puri district administration deployed 30 platoons of the police force in view of the heavy rush at the Chandrabhaga sea coast. Devotees came in groups from different parts of Puri and adjoining districts and spent the night under temporary tents on the sand bed. They also cooked dinner in earthen pots on chullas in the sand bed. The food is then eaten together on banana leaves and the cooking pots are broken and thrown into the pond as per tradition.

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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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