Devotees celebrate Makar Sankranti across India

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Makar Sankranti is being celebrated in various parts of the country on Monday.

In Himachal, hundreds of devotes took holy dip in Satluj and Parvati rivers to mark Makar Sankranti.

Large number of devotees also took holy dip at Vashist temple, located on the outskirts of Manali.

In Uttar Pradesh, devotes took holy dip in river Ganga at Varanasi and in Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj.

The festival is being celebrated as the festival of kites in Gujarat. It is popularly known as Uttarayan throughout the state.

Lakhs of devotees from across the country have reached Ganga Sagar in West Bengal to take a holy dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Makara Sankranti, also known as Makaraa Sankrānti or Maghi. It marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names such as Maghi (preceded by Lohri) by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Makara Sankranti (Pedda Pandaga) in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Pongal by Tamils.