Devotees assemble at the Chandrabhaga beach near Konark in Odisha’s Puri district to take holy dip and offer prayers to Sun God on the occasion of Magha Saptami, every year.
Pilgrims make a beeline to Konark every year on the Magha Shukla Saptami to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Sun God. When the Sun has returned on its northern course, they assemble before sunrise to take bath in the sacred Chandrabhaga river and in the nearby sea after having a glimpse of it.
The devotees take a holy dip on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha with an age-old belief that it would cleanse their sins and get them rid of skin diseases.
Another interesting ritual performed is cooked rice and dried fish (sukhua) dalma which is offered to mythological demon Arkasura in whose name the place has been named as Arka Kshetra.
The food is then eaten together on banana leaves and the cooking pots are broken and thrown into the pond as per tradition. It is believed that all broken pieces of pots disappear from the pond afterwards.
Magha Saptami 2022 Date: February 7, Monday.
Tithi Begins: February 07, 2022 4:38 AM.
Tithi Ends: February 08, 2022 6:16 AM.
Sunrise Time for Konark on Magha Saptami 2022: 6:19 am.