Sankrant in Uttar Pradesh

The popular Makar Sankranti festival in India is known as Sankrant in Uttar Pradesh and several parts of North India. Sankrant is also known as Kicheri. In 2014, the date of Sankrant is January 14. The most important ritual on this day is taking bath at Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad). The day is an important bathing day during Magh Snan.

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the icy waters of Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flow together. Taking holy dip on this day is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Another highlight of the festival is the sharing of laddus made of Gur and Til (Sesame seeds). In some parts of North India, the festival is also known as Til Sankranti.

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