Bhubaneswar: 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 in the Earth’s surface.
As per religious rituals, Makar Chaula (rice) is offered to Lord Shiva on the auspicious day. People, especially women, visit nearby Shiva temple and offer Makar Chaula to the lord to appease Him for wellbeing of 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 have witnessed devotees in big numbers.
The Trinity of the Shreemandir, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra, are giving Darshan to devotees in Makar Besha today. Similarly, Maa Tarini at Ghatagaon in Keonjhar district has attired Suna Besha today. A large number of devotees have thronged the temple.