Like every year, idols of Lord Tribenishwar of Madhipur, Lord Ishaneshwar of Santhapur and Lord Dakshineshwar Mahadeb came in procession to the Chandrabhaga Tirtha where devotees offered puja to them after taking dips. Then they offered special pujas to the rising Sun at Chandrabhaga.
Devotees then visited the Sun Temple at Konark. As many as 30 platoons of police force were deployed keeping heavy rush of crowds, said SP K Vishal Singh.
According to information, devotees in groups came from different parts of Puri and nearby districts and spent the night under temporary tents on the sand bed. They too cooked dinner by erecting chullas in the sand bed and with help of earthen pots. They took holy dips and offered puja to Sun god early in the morning.
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