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Khichdi Parv in Uttar Pradesh

Khichdi Parv is celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of North India. In some places it is also known as Kicheri. This festival marks the transition of the Sun into the Makara rashi. In the year 2013, this falls on January 14.

During Khichdi Parv, people make a special dish known as Khichdi and offer it to the Sun God. The most important ritual on this day is that of taking bath in Prayag (Allahabad) at the Sangam. This is called the Maha Snan at Prayag Sangam. On this day, millions of devotees take part in the ritualistic holy bath at Sangam where the river Ganga, Yamuna ans Saraswati flow together. It is widely believed that people will attain moksha and get rid of all sins by bathing in this river during Sankranti.

Khichdi Parv or Sankranti is the festival of harvest and on this day, People thank the Sun God for facilitating them with the harvest and worship him. People also make khichdi and offer it to the God as naivedya and then after the puja, it is distributed among the family members as prasad. The Sangam river attracts literally millions of people on this day even though it would be biting cold during January. People also donate some offerings to the poor as it is considered auspicious to do so on this day.

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