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Gangasagar Mela

  • Context: Calcutta HC has allowed Ganga Sagar Mela to be held in West Bengal amid the 3rd wave of the pandemic.
  • The HC has ordered some norms which include 'Covid-safe' drones, spraying devoteed with holy water as they chanted, in a sanitary twist to the traditional bath. Further, only those having a negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours have been permitted to take part in the festivities.
  • The Gangasagar Mela is held annually at the Sagar Island of West Bengal during the Makar Sankranti festival where thousands of pilgrims come to the spot to take a dip in the holy Ganga River.
  • It is the second-largest religious congregation in the country that takes place at the confluence of Ganga and Bay of Bengal after Kumbh Mela.
  • It is the sacred place, primarily important for the temple of Sage Kapil who introduced the doctrine of Sankhya Philosophy.
  • As per mythology, it is believed that a dip in the holy water will wash away all the sorrows and sins. With this belief, millions visit the Kapil Muni ashram with the hymn " Sab Tirth Bar Bar Ganga Sagar Ekbar."

 

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