Konark: Thousands of devotees have thronged Chandrabhaga beach in Konark in Puri district to take a holy dip and offer prayers to the Sun God on Magha Saptami on Tuesday.
This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the new moon of Hindu Magha month. Pilgrims make a beeline to Konark every year to celebrate the birth of the Sun God. This is a day of reverence for Sun God.
Devotees assemble before sunrise for ablution in the sacred Chandrabhaga river with an age-old belief that it would cleanse their sins and get them rid of skin diseases.
The Puri district administration has deployed 30 platoons of police in order to control the crowd and maintain law and order.