Rituals schedule finalised for holy dip on ‘Magha Saptami’ in Konark

Konark: The Puri district administration today finalised the ritual schedule for the holy dip in Chandrabhaga Sea on the occasion of ‘Magha Saptami.’

A meeting chaired by Puri sub-collector was held today to discuss the rites and rituals to be conducted on the occasion. “No changes have been made in the rituals. The previous year ritual schedule has been maintained. We have stressed on resolving the issues that cropped up last year,” sub-collector Madhusudan Das said.

As per the schedule, Lord Tribeniswar Mahadev, Aisanyaswar Mahadev and Dakhineswar Mahadev will be offered ‘prasad’ at NAC mandap in Konark. Later, the deities will proceed to Chandrabhaga Sea at 2.30 AM in a grand procession. The ceremonial bath of the three deities will be conducted between 3.30 and 4 AM.

After the bathing ritual of the deities, saints will take holy dip in the Chandrabhaga Sea. Later, the devotees will be allowed to take bath and offer prayer to Sun God.

According to legend, Shamba, son of Lord Krishna, was cured of leprosy after a holy dip in Chandrabhaga on the seventh day of the Hindu month of Magha.