This festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha. This is a day specifically set aside for the worship of Sun God at Konark where stands the world famous Sun Temple, otherwise known as Black Pagoda, dedicated to Sun God. This is the most popular and colourful festival of the place when lakhs of pilgrims from different parts of India and enthusiastic visitors from abroad visit Konark to observe the festival. In fact this is the second biggest festival in Odisha, next to the Car Festival of Puri. The pilgrims take holy dips in the river Chandrabhaga and welcome the rising Sun with prayers. On this day a local fair is held at the Khandagiri caves in Bhubaneswar for a period of seven days commencing from Maghasaptami".
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