Patna: Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees in Bihar on Friday observed Kartik Purnima by taking a dip in the holy river of Ganges and other rivers in the state.
Devotees also performed prayers at various temples in the state capital, giving alms to the poor and performing 'mundans' of young children.
Crowd started to gather at various ghats between Danapur and Patna City early Friday morning. Many, who arrived in Patna a day ahead of the event, spent the night at various hotels and lodges and proceeded to the nearest ghat as early as 3:00 am to find the best spot at the bank of river Ganges.
After taking a dip in the cold water, the devotees then performed puja at the bank of the river followed by the tradition of giving alms to beggars who had lined up at the ghats knowing Kartik Purnima was one of the biggest days of the year when people opened their hearts, and wallets, to give to the poor and impoverished.
As always, the exorcists, or witch doctors, claiming to possess special power to ward off evil spirit from affected individuals were also doing brisk business outside many ghats in the presence of curious onlookers.
At the entrance of each ghat, there was a carnival-like scene as vendors were having a field day selling items associated with the festival like bangles, bindi, ribbons, hair-clips, toys, and 'lai' made of 'gur'.
Kartik Purnima also marked the opening of the world-famous Sonepur fair where thousands of people from across the country have gathered to sell their products, including top-breed horses.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS