Festive fervour: India celebrates Makar Sankarti, Pongal, Maghi, Bihu. See pics

People celebrated harvest festivals, in various parts of the country under different names -- Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Uttarayan and Paush Parva across various states on Thursday.

India TV News Desk [ Published on: January 14, 2021 12:35 IST ]
  • The harvest festival Pongal was celebrated across Tamil Nadu on Thursday with fervour, with the famous jallikattu, the bull-taming sport, in Madurai adding spice to the festivities.
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    The harvest festival Pongal was celebrated across Tamil Nadu on Thursday with fervour, with the famous jallikattu, the bull-taming sport, in Madurai adding spice to the festivities.

  • People woke up early, dressed up in traditional attire and prepared the sweet dish Pongal to herald the auspicious Tamil month 'Thai' during which marriages are held and new ventures started.
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    People woke up early, dressed up in traditional attire and prepared the sweet dish Pongal to herald the auspicious Tamil month 'Thai' during which marriages are held and new ventures started.

  • A devotee cooks sweet dishes on the occasion of the Pongal festival, at Dharavi in Mumbai.
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    A devotee cooks sweet dishes on the occasion of the Pongal festival, at Dharavi in Mumbai.

  • In Madurai, at the famous Avaniapuram jallikattu, charging bulls challenged the grit and determination of the
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    In Madurai, at the famous Avaniapuram jallikattu, charging bulls challenged the grit and determination of the "maadupidi veerargal" (the tamers) and rewards were galore for the winners in this contest between the man and the beast.

  • A participant tries to tame a bull during Avaniyapuram Jallikattu as a part of the Pongal festival celebration, in Madurai.
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    A participant tries to tame a bull during Avaniyapuram Jallikattu as a part of the Pongal festival celebration, in Madurai.

  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat offered prayers at Sri Kadumbadi Chinnamman Temple in Ponniammanmedu, Chennai today and participated in Pongal celebrations.
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    RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat offered prayers at Sri Kadumbadi Chinnamman Temple in Ponniammanmedu, Chennai today and participated in Pongal celebrations.

  • Dense fog engulfed Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi due to which the holy ghats witnessed low visibility.  
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    Dense fog engulfed Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi due to which the holy ghats witnessed low visibility.  

  • Devotees take a holy dip in the Ganga river in Varanasi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
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    Devotees take a holy dip in the Ganga river in Varanasi on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

  • Devotees and hermits take a holy dip at Gangasagar in South 24 Parganas, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti
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    Devotees and hermits take a holy dip at Gangasagar in South 24 Parganas, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti

  • Devotees perform rituals and take a holy dip in Hoogly river in Kolkata on the occasion of Makar Sankranti
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    Devotees perform rituals and take a holy dip in Hoogly river in Kolkata on the occasion of Makar Sankranti

  • Pilgrims offer prayers after taking holy dips during Makar Sankranti festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal
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    Pilgrims offer prayers after taking holy dips during Makar Sankranti festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal

  • Devotees take holy dip in 'Sarovar' at Golden Temple in Amritsar and offer prayers, on Maghi festival.
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    Devotees take holy dip in 'Sarovar' at Golden Temple in Amritsar and offer prayers, on Maghi festival.

  • Despite chilling cold weather, devotees in Golden Temple started their celebrations with holy dip in 'Sarovar'
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    Despite chilling cold weather, devotees in Golden Temple started their celebrations with holy dip in 'Sarovar'

  • Devotees perform rituals and take holy dip in Hoogly river on the occasion of Makar Sankranti today.
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    Devotees perform rituals and take holy dip in Hoogly river on the occasion of Makar Sankranti today.

  • Amid shivering cold wave and dense fog, people visit ghats for holy dip in the river Ganga in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
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    Amid shivering cold wave and dense fog, people visit ghats for holy dip in the river Ganga in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

  • Devotees took a holy dip in river Ganga in Haridwar earlier today, on Makar Sankranti
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    Devotees took a holy dip in river Ganga in Haridwar earlier today, on Makar Sankranti

  • A kite festival organised in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on Makara Sankranti.
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    A kite festival organised in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on Makara Sankranti.

  • Kite sellers in Patna made 'PM Modi print kites'. He said that his kites are a special attraction among people on Makar Sankranti.
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    Kite sellers in Patna made 'PM Modi print kites'. He said that his kites are a special attraction among people on Makar Sankranti.

  • There is a rise in demand for kites with PM Modi on them, among the customers. Our stock is almost over, said Rajeev Ranjan, a shop owner.
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    There is a rise in demand for kites with PM Modi on them, among the customers. Our stock is almost over, said Rajeev Ranjan, a shop owner.

  • Traditional Assamese Meji, a house made of straw, being burnt during the Magh Bihu celebrations, at Ganeshguri in Guwahati
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    Traditional Assamese Meji, a house made of straw, being burnt during the Magh Bihu celebrations, at Ganeshguri in Guwahati

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