Makarmela is celebrated on Makar Sankranti with much gusto in Orissa (Odisha). The festival is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya).
The festival falls after harvesting of paddy fields. In Odisha people prepare with the fresh harvest as offering to the gods and goddesses. Makar Mela (Fun fair) is observed at Dhabaleswar in Cuttack, Hatakeshwar at Atri in Khordha, Makar Muni temple in Balasore and near various deities in each district of Odisha.
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