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Magha Saptami 2023 at Konark Sun Temple in Odisha – Saptami Holy Bath

Magha Saptami is dedicated Surya, the sun god in Hinduism and is a highly auspicious date at the famous Konark Sun Temple in Odisha. Magha Saptami at Konark Sun Temple in 2023 date is January 28. Annually more than 500,000 people take holy dip in the confluence of Chandrabhaga River and the Bay of Bengal.

Hindu Devotees, including elderly men and women, take holy bath and offer prayers on Magha Saptami as it is believed that it would cleanse them of diseases and wash away their sins.

Legend has it that Sri Krishna’s son Samba was cured of leprosy after a holy dip at the Chandrabhaga River. This river once flowed towards the Bay of Bengal through the present day area of the Sun Temple of Konark in Puri District in Orissa. Today, the river no longer exists. What is left is a large pond.

The place where Samba is said to have meditated and worshiped Surya for 12 years after bathing has become a sacred spot and devotees believe it has curative properties.

The day is popularly observed as Ratha Saptami and Arogya Saptami.