Tula Sankranti is an important day in traditional Hindu calendar and on the day sun enters the Tula Rashi (Libra Zodiac). The day is of great significance in Orissa and Karnataka. On the Tula Sankranti day the Sun fully rests on the equator and on the day the length of day and night remain equal. In many regions in India, on Tula Sankranti day Surya (Sun God) is worshipped. Prayers are offered to Surya and people also take dip in holy rivers. Performing Shradh for departed souls on the day is considered highly meritorious. Tula Sankranti is known as Garbhana Sankranti and is an important festival of Orissa. Special prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi on the day for a good harvest. In Karnataka, the day is celebrated as Kaveri Sankramana.