Konark: Lakhs of Devotees take holy dip at Chandrabhaga beach on occasion of Magha Saptami. Lakh of devotees throng Chandrabhaga in Konark to take holy dip & offer prayers to the Sun God on occasion of Magha Saptami .
Sadhus from all around the country took holy dip and offered obeisance to Sun God. Later, devotees who had been camping on the Magha Saptami mela ground since Monday bathed in the sea and offered prayers.
Pilgrims have gathered at the Chandrabhaga Fair ground where a massive cultural fair is on. As per legend, Shamba, the son of Lord Krishna, was cured of leprosy after taking holy dip at the Chandrabhaga river on the seventh day of the bright half of Magha.
At night, the deities Tribeniswara, Isaneswara and Dakshineswara of the world renowned Konark temple, will be carried in procession to the Chandrabhaga beach for special rituals. The devotees are already waiting for the Sun rise to take the holy dip in the Chandrabhaga sea. They will then visit the Navagraha deities at the temple and then start for Puri to visit the Jagannath temple.