March 21, 2023

Why in news?

  • The Gangasagar Mela is organised during Makar Sankranti every year.
  • On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, thousands of pilgrims, seers & tourists take a holy dip in the confluence of Ganga and Bay of Bengal, to mark this event.
  • They also offer prayers at the Kapil Muni Temple.
  • On the day of Makar Sankranti (January 14), when the sun makes a transition to Capricorn from Sagittarius, it is said that the bath becomes a holy source of salvation.
  • Gangasagar is the second largest congregation of pilgrims, devotees and enthusiasts across the country after the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar.
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