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Revelry and camaraderie fill the air on Makar Sankranti


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Makar Sankranti was celebrated with traditional zeal and fervour in the city on Sunday. Revelry and camaraderie filled the air as people across the city visited temples on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. A large number of devotees thronged the various temples, to witness the special rituals performed on this occasion. People offered prayers and numerous worshippers were seen on the occasion. The festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring as the Sun moves northwards towards the Tropic of Cancer. Devotees were seen making long queues in front of temples since early morning. Besides exchanging greetings, people organised feasts in various parts of the state with sweet dishes prepared from newly harvested rice, sugar, banana, coconut, ghee and black pepper. In the city, the sky was dotted with colourful kites. Enthusiasts were seen flocking to terraces of their homes to indulge in spirited kite-flying competitions, a tradition synonymous with the festival. Mayor flies kite of cleanliness Sindhu Sena flew 501 kites to create awareness towards cleanliness and give message of ‘Swachch Bharat’. The programme was held in the presence of Mayor Alok Sharma at Lal Ghati on the premises of Deendayal statue. On this occasion mayor Alok Sharma has said that this effort of Sindhu Sena is a remarkable effort. He has also said that kites are touching the sky likewise we have to make Bhopal clean by touching the sky to make it number 1 in cleanliness. On this event Rakesh Kukreja has said that Sindhu Sena always works for the cleanliness in the city. Likewise today also on the occasion of Makar Sakranti we have made people aware by flying the kites, distributing laddu and khichdi. On this event many balloons were tied with the kites and flown in the sky. On this event the councillor Manoj Rathore, Mahesh Makwana, Rakesh Shevani, Ravi Bajaj, Hariom Aasre, Vishal Manwani, Vikas wadhwani, Naresh Golani, Rohit Pehlwani and various other people were present. Kite flying contest at Manuabhan Tekri Bhartiya Sindhu Sabha youth and women branch organized kite flying contest at Manuabhan Tekri on the occasion. A family festival was also organized and people enjoyed various games like tambola, chair race, DJ et al. Entertaining programmes for children and adults were held and prizes were given to the winners. Shobha Yatra taken out Shree Ayyappa Darshan Samiti, Arera Colony, organized Shree Ayyappa Darshan Shobha Yatra on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The Shobha Yatra started at 2.30 pm from Sweta Mandir, Bharat Nagar, and culminated at 5.30 pm at Shree Ayyappa Temple, Shivaji Nagar. In the Shobha Yatra, large number of devotees participated chanting mantras of Shree Ayyappa Bhagwan. A vibrantly decorated van carrying the garlanded photo of Lord Shree Ayyappa and luminously decorated horses with ‘Ammankundam’, a traditional temple dance from prevalent in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, added attractions to the Shobha Yatra. Dadaji Dham Mandir Various religious programmes will be organized at Dadaji Dham Mandir, Patel Nagar, Raisen Road, on Monday on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Worship will be offered to the God at 8 am and rudrabhishek, pujan, havan and aarti of Lord Shiva will be performed at 10 am to be followed by Prasad distribution.

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