Lakhs take holy dip at Chandrabhaga on Magha Saptami

Konark: Around four lakh pilgrims took holy dip in Chandrabhaga pond near Konark in Puri district on the occasion of Magha Saptami, the auspicious day considered by hindus. People believe that holy dip on this day and worshipping Sun God would cure disease and cleanse all sins.
“We had an ambition to visit Konark on Magha saptami which fulfilled today. We are pleased to take holy dip at Chandrabhaga on the auspicious day”, a pilgrim from Bargarh district said.
Devotees across the country started thronging the place since Saturday evening and observed ‘Sasthi brata’ (observance of sixth day of Magha month) at Konark and passed whole night there waiting for the auspicious morning of the Magha Saptami.
According to Hindu tradition, three deities, Tribeniswar, Aishaswar and Dakhineswar, were taken to Chandrabhaga fair ground in a grand procession. The deities took bath there after being worshipped following which the ‘Sadhus’ (sages) took dip. Later, the piligrims bathed in the pious Chandrabhaga.
Legend says, 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 the Hindu month of Magha.
The place where Shambha is said to have meditated and worshipped the Sun God after bathing in the pond for 12 years has become a sacred spot and devotees believe it has curative properties.
Elaborate arrangements for drinking water, electrification and lighting and erection of barricades for the big event were made by the administration. Authorities also renovated the sacred pond before the festival, where the devotees took the holy dip. Makeshift lavatories were also made at the site for the visitors.