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Magha Saptami


The most popular and colourful festival of Konark, and occasion for a grand congregating of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad, falls on the 7th day of te bright half of 'Magha'.The Indian pilgrims take a holy dips in the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the sea and welcome the rising Sun with prayers.Also a grand fair is held at Khandagiri near Bhubaneswar on the same day which continues for about a week. 
The azure shores of Bay of Bengal and worship of the Sun-god can be behold with matchless ectasy if one participates on the day-long rituals on the banks of Chandrabhaga river.

The strong belief of "Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya ",Surya namaskar after early morning bath has been part of custom in every oriya family.

This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha. This is a day specifically set aside for the worship of Sun God at Konark where stands the world famous Sun Temple, otherwise known as Black Pagoda, dedicated to Sun God. This is the most popular and colourful festival of the place when lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of India and enthusiastic visitors from abroad visit Konark to observe the festival. In fact this is the second biggest festival in Orissa, next to the Car Festival of Puri. The pilgrims take holy dips in the Chandrabhaga which meets here and welcome the rising Sun with prayers. A big fair is held at the Khandagiri caves near for a period of seven days commencing from "Maghasaptami".

A majority of pilgrims are from Orissa and also from West Bengal. Andhra Pradesh and even Madhya Pradesh. Besides these, there are tourists who come to Knonark to see the famous Sun Temple. Tourists are come from all directions in various modes of convenience. On Magha Poornia, thousands of devotees waited with folded hand and chants of Hari Bol. They believed the Sun God to arrive in a blazing chariot pulled by seen horses in divine splendor. The moment for which they had walked miles and spent could sleepless hours on the beach was soon approaching. As the earth turned a fraction of a degree eastward, the Sun’s being rays, consecrated the patient gathering at that place for blessing of the God Sun.

Shamba Dasami Id-ul-Zuha (Bakr-Id) Makar Sankranti Saraswati Puja Maghasaptami
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