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Millions of Hindus take holy dips in the Ganges to mark Kartik Purnima


PATNA: Millions took holy dips in the Ganges today to celebrate Kartik Purnima, one of the most renowned festivals of the Hindus observed on full moon day.

Chanting mantras from Hindu scriptures, the Hindus reached the banks early morning and took holy dip today braving cold.

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A huge crowd was also seen on the confluence of Ganga and Gandak at Sonepur which is also regarded as a holy place for the Hindus.

On this day, the devotees take dip in the confluence of the river and offer prayers to Lord Hariharnath with which is associated the Gajendra Moksha legend.

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Legend has it that the Lord Vishnu had saved the elephant by killing the crocodile with his ‘chakra’ after it caught the elephant’s leg in its mouth.

The day also marks the beginning of Sonepur cattle fair, most popular as Harihar Kshetra fair which attracts visitors all over the Asia.

The fair draws its name from the mythological Harihar Nath Temple, believed to have been originally built by Lord Rama on his way to the court of King Janak to win hands of Sita, but during the rule of Mogul emperor Aurangzeb, it was finally shifted to Sonepur where it still continues

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