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Fervour marks Makar Sankranti

THE FESTIVAL of Makar Sankranti or ?khichdi? was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety, in Varanasi on Saturday. Lakhs of devotees took a holy dip at different ghats in the city to mark the festival. Since the festival is specially known for flying kites, people of all age groups were seen competing with their colourful kites from their rooftops or roads. One could witness the excitement of flying kites since early morning today, which continued till the evening. Thousands of makeshift kite shops were set up at every corner of the city .

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 00:30 IST

THE FESTIVAL of Makar Sankranti or ‘khichdi’ was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety, in Varanasi on Saturday.

Lakhs of devotees took a holy dip at different ghats in the city to mark the festival.

Since the festival is specially known for flying kites, people of all age groups were seen competing with their colourful kites from their rooftops or roads.

One could witness the excitement of flying kites since early morning today, which continued till the evening. Thousands of makeshift kite shops were set up at every corner of the city displaying a variety of kites ranging from 50 paise to Rs 25.

These shops were set up on roadside in different localities including Lanka, Assi, Durgakund, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Godoulia, Nai Sarak, Lahuraveer, Andhrapul, Teliabagh, Kachchehri etc.

These localities were crowded with enthusiastic kite lovers engaged in purchasing kites and threads.

Besides, a number of makeshift shops of ‘tilkut’, ‘dhundha’ and ‘patti’ were also set up in different localities.

A large number of devotees from the adjoining districts of Varanasi, including Mirzapur, Jaunpur, Ballia and Azamgarh, also took a dip in the Ganga and performed worship.

The district administration made elaborate security arrangements at prominent ghats, including Assi, Tuslighat, Anand Mai, Dashshashwamedh and Rajendra Prasad ghat to avoid any untoward incident.

Security in and around prominent temples was also beefed-up. Vehicular traffic was also restricted at the routes leading towards the ghats.

Meanwhile, members of the Punjabi community celebrated Lohri on Friday evening. They enjoyed themselves by dancing around the bonfire till late in the night.

The Srinagar Vikas Samit organised a function in Parvatipuri colony on the occasion.

Lohri was also celebrated in several Punjabi-dominated localities in the city.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 00:30 IST