Pilgrims start arriving for Ganga Sagar Mela

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Thousands of pilgrims started arriving in West Bengal for the annual Ganga Sagar Mela even as the COVID­19 infections continue to remain a cause of concern in the State.

Pilgrims start arriving for Ganga Sagar Mela

Directions by Calcutta High Court to control Covid Spread

  • Only those who are having COVID negative in RTPCR report within 72 hours, will be permitted to enter the Sagar Island for Ganga Sagar Mela.
  • The Court had also set up a committee to ensure that COVID­19 protocols are followed on the ground.

About Gangasagar Mela 

  • Gangasagar is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers (puja) in the Kapil Muni Temple. 
  • The Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair is the second largest congregation of mankind after the triennial ritual bathing of Kumbha Mela.
  • Gangasagar is a village in the Kakdwip subdivision of the South 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

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