Magha Saptami festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha. The festival day is specifically dedicated to the worship of Sun God at Konark where stands the world-famous Sun Temple, also known as Black Pagoda, dedicated to Sun God.
This is the most popular and colorful festival of the place when lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of India and enthusiastic visitors from abroad visit Konark to observe the festival. In fact, this one of the biggest festivals in Odisha, like the Ratha Yatra, Cuttack Durga Puja, Bargarh Dhanuyatra, Sitala Sasthi, and Nua Khai in Western Odisha & Danda Nacha in Brahmapur.
The pilgrims take holy dips in the Chandrabhaga which meets here and welcome the rising Sun with prayers.
A big fair is also held at the Khandagiri caves in Bhubaneswar for a period of seven days commencing from “Maghasaptami”.
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