January 14, 2019 05:09 PM

Shimla (Vijyender Sharma)
Bracing the extreme winter chill, hundreds of devotees across Himachal Pradesh on Monday took a holy dip in rivers to mark Makar Sankranti, a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of the country.

Large numbers of devotees were seen congregating at Tattapani, 50 km from here, and Manikaran, home to a Sikh shrine in Kullu district, for a dip in the Satluj and Parvati rivers, respectively, officials sai

Tattapani and Manikaran are known for their hot springs with high sulphur concentration.

The natural hot springs located along the Satluj in Tattapani disappeared after the construction of the 800 MW Koldam hydroelectric power project executed by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Its reservoir has submerged the hot springs. 

The state government has made artificial tubs for the devotees to take bath in hot spring waters. Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur greeted the people on the occasion.The devotees also took holy dip in Vashist temple, located on the outskirts of the popular tourist resort Manali.The temple is situated on the left bank of the Beas, also known for its hot springs.Makar Sankranti also marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights.

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