India’s harvest festival Makar Sakranti highly celebrated among Hindus marks the advent of spring and is celebrated by kite-flying and other regional festivities in the month of January across the country.
Among the many regional customs of celebrating the festival, Bengaluru men decorated cows and walked them over hay set ablaze.
Cows dressed up with garlands and bells were made to walk on fire as a part of Makar Sankranti celebration. The ritual is performed to seek protection of cows from harm and good fortune.
It is a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from harm. It is believed to bring good fortune and keep cows and other livestock and crops from .getting harmed. Men decorated the cows with garlands and bells and walked them over hay set ablaze.
The other major event which kickstarted as part of Makar Sankranti celebrations is the Kumbh Mela, which is celebrated four times over a course of 12 years and commenced on Tuesday in Prayagraj.
Devotees braved the cold weather to take a dip in the icy water as they reached the Kumbh Nagari which witnessed a huge rush of people from far-away lands as early as 4 in the morning.