Gangasagar Mela is one of the main winter festivals in West Bengal. People come Gangasagar From Kolkata, this is the main gateway to reach. In India Gangasagar Fair is takes place after Kumbh Mela, this is the second largest gathering of Hindu pilgrims. This festival is celebrated by taking a holy dip in the Ganga River on the Makar Sankranti day.
The fair is in a strange place where the Ganga River was marges in Bay of Bengal like Prayag. The Gangasagar fair is celebrated annually only on the Sagardwip (Sagar Island). Each year, on Makar Sankranti day pilgrims come from all over the country and take holy bath. They pray in Ganga River and Kapil muni mandir. This temple is immersed in legendary stories and is much respected among the devotees.
This fair is held every year in the middle of January. Sagar Island in the Sundarban biosphere, which is called the Sagardeep Island. It happens once in a year.
Gangasagar Kapil Muni temple history
Kapal Muni temple is located in the Ganga Sagar Dham. It is believed that in 1432, the husband Ramanand established the deity. The deity is a stone block and worshipped as a Kapil Muni. The pictures of Bhagirath, Rama and Sita are seen here.
The annual Ganges Sea fair is celebrated on Makar Shankar Day. Pilgrims take a holy dip in the Ganga River after that they go to the Kapil Muni temple. The original temple washed out time of the flood. Now a new temple has replaced the earlier temple. Goddess Ganga Devi on the right side of the Kapil Muni and on the left the Sagar Raja is situated.
Naga Sadhu in Gangasagar Mela
In Ganga Sagar Mela among the million pilgrims a large amount of Naga Sadhus are present in this mela. At the Gangasagar Mela they live in temporary camps where they do rituals and they even do different yoga style. These rituals are attended by many of their fans. The Naga Sadhus are painting their body with ass. The biggest attraction of the Gangasagar fair is This Naga Sadhus.
Kolkata to gangasagar by train is my favourite. I started my trip at 5 o’clock in the morning, boarding in Namkhana local from Sealdah station and reached Kakdwip at 7.30 am. The train fare is 25 rupees. It’s the most cost-saving route. You can also come with your own car. And cross the river Muriganga from lot no 8 to Kachuberia ferry Ghat. Your route will be same as the bus route that is Kolkata Diamond Harbour road.
The big vehicle is transported one side to another by big vessels. After we took a toto car to reach Kachuberia lot no 8 ferry ghat. The Toto fair is 20 rupees in this year. I visited here just one day before the Gangasagara Mela. This time the crowd is little less. Gangasagar ferry timings is very frequent. But check the high tide and low tide time because that time service is closed temporary. There is an app for cross the river, please check in google play store.
We cross the river called Muriganga. It will take 45 minutes approx. and the fair is 10 rupees per person. The island called Swagardeep, where the Gangasagar Mela happened, it’s under Sundorban Biosphere the only connectivity is a waterway. You can see big electric pillar build the middle of the river, to connect Electricity from the mainland of West Bengal and Swagardeep. On the other side of the Ghat we take magic van it will charge 50 rupees per person.
We visit Kapil Muni ashram, and the holy beach in the Gangasagar, and the Mela ground which is ready for inviting the pilgrims. The Kapil muni ashram is the main attraction in Gangasagar. Kapil Muni is worshipped as god Bishnu. Kapil Muni is situated in the middle of the temple and on the right side of the Kapil muni Maa Ganga is situated and on the other side, the Sagar raja is situated. One special tip is, do not miss the sandhya arati at Kapil muni ashram.You will see many naga sannyasi in this time of Gangasagar Mela. Here you can buy puja essentials from the Dala market whiich is in front of the main temple.
If you fill hungry, you can eat in the government food court. We finished our lunch in a government cafeteria. The veg meal is 50 rupees and chicken meal is 100 rupees. We stay here for 2 hours and return in the same way.
Gangasagar is the holiest place in India. Devotees are coming from all over India. There are several ways to reach Gangasagar from Kolkata. Bus route, Gangasagar train route, and vessel route are available for this trip. Kolkata to gangasagar by bus are easily available from Esplanade area in Kolkata. If you come from Howrah, you can book your entire trip by vessel. But book this service at least one month earlier.
You can also come with your own car and cross the river Muriganga from Kachuberia ferry Ghat. The big vehicle is transported one side to another by big vessels. Your route will be same as a bus route that is Kolkata Diamond Harbour road. Kolkata to gangasagar about 100 km from Kolkata. Ganga Sagar nearest railway station is Kakdwip Station.
Sealdah to Namkhana Train Time Table
Gangasagar naga sadhu baba in Kolkata
Like every year pilgrims and naga sadhus are gathered in Babu Ghat, or better called out tram ghat area in Kolkata for going to Gangasagar and celebrate the Gangasagar Mela in Sagardwip.
You can find them just beside the Eden Garden. big buses are carrying pilgrim here. They are coming from different states of India. In this festive time, government buses are directly going to Ganga Sagar Mela with a very nominal fare. The main attraction in Gangasagar is the Kapil muni ashram and take a holy dip in the Ganga river.
The fair started in Makar Sankranti day. Every year West Bengal government and many trustees arrange accommodation for the pilgrims to celebrate this fair happily. Kolkata is the main junction point where they take rest for some time.
You can see the entire area is big and a mini Gangasagar mela happened here in this time. Normal people are also taking blessings from the naga sadhus. Many religious events are organized. Here Not for the devotees and sadhus, the committees arrange food and Prasad for everybody. khichri, tea, jalebi, milk are distributed to everybody without any cost. Our Government and the committees provide security and medical treatment free of cost. The Kolkata police are doing a wonderful job in this event like Durga Puja in Kolkata, a big salute to them.
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Hi..Myself Ruma Dey Baidya..live in Kolkata with joint family and I have a daughter who is 3 years old now. I am a homemaker and love to travel very much.
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