“Bhogi Pandlu” is a special ritual to be performed on the day of Bhogi. On Bhogi, the children are dressed up with new dresses. They are given Aarti and Bhogi Pandlu (Bhogi Pallu – a special mixture of gooseberries, food material, sugarcane and rice) are showered on the heads of children to protect them from the evil forces.
The main reason of offering Bhogi Pallu to children is to get them better health and prosperity. It is a type of solution for Nara Drishti and Graha Peeda Nivarana.
In Hindu tradition agriculture has always dominated our practices in religion and Sankranti being the festival of harvest, the sugarcane and rice from the first harvest is showered on the children in the family as to bless them with abundance in their lives. Also children are protected from all the evil forces along with the blessings of the elders on this occasion.
In some communities, Bhogi Pallu ceremony is performed on Bhogi but in some it is on Sankranthi day.