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 SageKapil 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."