Haridwar Mahakumbh has also started with a bath on Makar Sankranti amid Corona epidemic. In the morning, people took a bath in Haridwar on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. More than five lakh devotees from North India are expected to reach Haridwar to take a dip of faith in the Ganges. A large-scale arrangement has been made for bathing in Haridwar. On the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun moves out of Sagittarius and moves in Capricorn and it is called Makar Sankranti of Sun.
With the Sun entering Capricorn, Kharmas ends and auspicious works begin again. Bathing the Ganges and performing charity on Makar Sankranti has special significance. Please tell that this time the Kumbh Mela is only 48 days. Due to planetary movements, this time, Aquarius is falling in the 11th year instead of 12. For the first time after 83 years, Kumbh Yoga has been done in less than 12 years.
There will be four royal baths on Kumbh. The first royal bath will take place on 11 March on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Apart from Shahi Snan, Makar Sankranti (14 January), Mouni Amavasya (11 February), Basant Panchami (16 February), Magha Purnima (27 February) and Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (13 April) and Ramnavami (21 April) these six days of the year But there is also a tradition of bathing rituals.
There is a tradition of making khichdi in the houses every year on the day of Makar Sankranti and that is why this festival also has a name Khichdi. Apart from this, there is a tradition of flying kites in many parts of the country on this festival and hence it is also called kite festival. Flying a kite on Makar Sankranti has both religious and scientific significance.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Uttarakhand High Court, dissatisfied with the arrangements for Haridwar Mahakumbh Mela, asked the state government to complete all the unfinished works by 22 February. During the hearing in the High Court, the officials told the High Court that 85 percent of the work has been completed and the remaining work is going on a war footing.