Category: Hindu holidays
India is blessed with diverse culture and each region has its own traditional and festivals they celebrate with proud and joy. Gangasagar mela is one of such festival of India celebrated during 14th – 15th January every year attracts thousands of pilgrimage from all around the world. The hosting state of West Bengal receives this fair with great pride and with devout. Held during the winter time of the year, it finds thousands of devotees coming over to seek righteousness at Sagar Island’s southern tip in West Bengal. It is an annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims who look forward to this day.
Ganga sagar mela happens every year during Makar Sankranti. The pilgrimage takes dip in the holy water of Ganga in the morning while worshiping Lord Surya. The carnival is held at the Segar’s Island which is situated on the tip of the Ganges delta at the top of the Bay of Bengal.
The Mela is celebrated with solemnity. Here on this day, there are thousands of pilgrims across India come and get one with the mela. Foreigners too find it fascinating to witness a fair such as this. There is thereby different population also who seek to find solace here.
Gangasagar fair is primarily a Hindu festive. It is said that the Gangasagar has seen its importance from Mahabharata time. If it is to be believed, the significance of taking a bath at the Sagar was explained to Bhisma by a learned sage. The virtue of purification of soul and evil deeds appealed every Hindu, and they practice the same.
Ganga is regarded as the holiest river in Hindu religion. It is said that by taking a holy dip in her lap, it cleanses your sin. This is the reason why it is held during the winters. The water is cold but the devotees still take the dip to find renaissance as it is the most auspicious day of the year. Gangasagar Mela is regarded as the second largest throng fair in human history (Kumbha Mela is said to hold the highest number of pilgrims in India).
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