- Cows decorated with garlands and bells were walked over hay set ablaze
- The ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep cows safe
- People also believe the ritual keeps livestock and crops from harm's way
Devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate Makar Sankranti in a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from harm.
In Bengaluru, men decorated the cows with garlands and bells and walked them over hay set ablaze.
The age-old ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep cows and other livestock and crops from harm's way.
Makar Sankranti marks the advent of spring and is celebrated by kite-flying and other regional festivities.