India celebrates Makar Sankranti with fervour, devotees take holy dip in Ganga; See Pics

India is celebrating Makar Sankranti, which is one of the most auspicious times in a year that marks the transition of the Sun from Dakshinayan to Uttarayan.
Makar Sankranti, which is observed on January 14 every year, is known by various names in different parts of the country such as Pongal, Bihu and Maghi.

  • West Bengal, Jan 14 (ANI): Devotees take a holy dip with their elderly family member in the Bay of Bengal during the Gangasagar Mela in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • West Bengal, Jan 14 (ANI): Women take a dip in the holy river Ganga during the Gangasagar Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • Uttar Pradesh, Jan 14 (ANI): Women devotees perform rituals at river Ganga at the Sangam Ghat during Magh Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • Uttar Pradesh, Jan 14 (ANI): Women devotees take a holy dip in the river Ganga at the Sangam Ghat during Magh Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • Uttar Pradesh, Jan 14 (ANI): Devotees sitting on the banks of river Ganga at the Sangam Ghat during Magh Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • Uttar Pradesh, Jan 14 (ANI): Devotees perform rituals at the river Ganga at the Sangam Ghat during Magh Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

  • Uttar Pradesh, Jan 14 (ANI): Devotees perform rituals at the river Ganga at the Sangam Ghat during Magh Mela on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI Photo)