Tilkut, Dahi-Chura, Kite-flying Mark Makar Sankranti

Kite-flying organized at Gandhi Maidan in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Patna'ites on Sunday celebrated Makar Sankranti, or Til Sankranti as it is more popularly known in Bihar, by taking early shower or taking a dip in the freezing water of the Ganges, performing puja, eating dahi-chura, tilkuts, and 'laduas', and flying kites at Gandhi Maidan and other open areas of the state capital.

Despite bone-chilling temperature, enthusiasts filled the sky with colorful kites, some traditional, some in different shapes, while some others with political message or images while trying to out-maneuver their opponents with extreme skill and dexterity.

Thousands of people in Patna also took a dip in the freezing cold water of the Ganges to mark the festival indicating the arrival of the harvest season.

The puja was followed by the traditional consumption of chura, curd, accompanied by tilkut, ladua, and ghevar.

The district administration had made elaborate arrangements to ensure devotees were not inconvenienced at various ghats and divers were readily available in the event of any mishap.

Meanwhile, at Patna's Gandhi Maidan, hundreds of thousands of kite-flyers, both newbies and experts alike, took part in the annual kite-flying festival organized by the Sri Krishna Smarak Vikas.

Heavy rush was seen at shops where enthusiasts were seen buying colorful kites and 'latai', (spindle wheel) of all shapes and colors. This year's specialty was kites with the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it and kites with different social messages like educating the girls and avoid taking dowry or notes decrying child marriage.

Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore and District Magistrate Kumar Ravi were also seen having a good time with children struggling to fly kites.

Visitors also had a chance to witness the amazing skills of professional kite flyers Sujeet Choudhary and Dipak Mishra who had come from Delhi to take part in the festival.

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