Indian PM Modi leads Makar Sankranti celebrations
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended wishes to fellow Indians on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Monday.
Extending wishes, Prime Minister Modi, in a post on X wrote, "Sending heartfelt wishes for Makar Sankranti, the auspicious festival linked with the sacred practices of contemplation and benevolence. On this festival that celebrates nature, I hope that the Uttarayan Sun God brings joy, prosperity, success, and good health to all my fellow countrymen."
Earlier the Prime Minister also fed cows at his residence on the prestigious occasion of Makar Sankranti.
Wearing casual attire, Prime Minister Modi was observed petting the cows in one of the pictures.
Earlier, PM Modi also attended Pongal celebrations at the residence of Union Minister of State L Murugan in the national capital.
A young singer performed at the event and later touched PM Modi's feet after which the PM gifted her his shawl as a special gesture.
While extending greetings on Pongal, PM Modi said that the festival depicts the emotion of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.'
"The country celebrated the festival of Lohri yesterday. Some people are celebrating Makar Sankranti today and some people will celebrate tomorrow; Magh Bihu is also coming. I extend my greetings to the countrymen for these festivals," he said.
BJP President JP Nadda also conveyed his best wishes to the Indian populace on this auspicious occasion.
"Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti', the great festival of worship of Lord Sun. I wish that this great festival brings happiness, good fortune and prosperity in the lives of all of you. May this auspicious occasion of starting auspicious works infuse new inspiration and energy into everyone's life," Nadda said in a post on X.
A large number of people on Monday visited Haridwar and Prayagraj on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and took a holy dip in Ganga.
Indian cricketers Tilak Varma, Washington Sundar, Jitesh Sharma and Ravi Bishnoi also offered prayers at Ujjain Mahakaal Temple on the occasion.
The auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun to Makara rashi (Capricorn) from the Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius). It is said that the northward journey of the sun (Uttarayan) begins on this day, making the celebrations quite auspicious.