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Gangasagar Mela

The attraction of Gangasagar on Makarsankranti makes one forget all obstacles in life

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Hair we go...this Sadhu knows how to corner all the spotlight

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To touch the holy Ganges as it flows into the sea makes one get inner peace on Sankranti

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Gangasagar in all its splendour. No less than Miami beach at night.

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Pilgrims offer prayers during the 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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The sadhus have always been the showstopper.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

The all pervading Lord Shiva. The make-up makes this man very very special

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Pilgrims take a selfie at Gangasagar during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Pilgrims take the holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Pilgrims take the holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

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A security official keeps strict vigil on pilgrims at Sagar Island during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Security personnel keep strict vigil via drone at Sagar Island during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Pilgrims at Sagar Island to celebrate 'Makar Sankranti' festival, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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A pilgrim takes a holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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Pilgrims offer prayers after taking holy dips during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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A scene at the Gangasagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

A Naga sadhu blessing devotees at the Gangasagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

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A Naga Sadhu smokes a pipe at Gangasagar

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Pilgrims take the holy dip at Gangasagar

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

A scene at the Gangasagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Sadhus pass through a sanitization tunnel at Babughat transit camp during Gangasagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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Sadhvis at Babughat transit camp during 'Gangasagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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A pilgrim seeks blessings from a priest after a holy dip in the Ganga river during 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district.

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Pilgrims stand in a queue to offer 'puja' at Kapil Muni temple at Sagar Island, in South 24 Pargana district.

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Pilgrims stand in a queue to offer 'puja' at Kapil Muni temple at Sagar Island, in South 24 Pargana district.

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A 'Sadhu' offers prayers to the sun before taking a holy dip in River Ganga at Sagar Island in South 24 Pargana district. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival that falls on Jan. 14.

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Volunteers play soccer in a beach during 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival on Jan. 14.

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Pilgrims take holy dips in the Ganga river in the backdrop of a rising sun during 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival on Jan. 14.

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Pilgrims arrive to take holy dips in the Ganga river during 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival on Jan. 14.

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Pilgrims take holy dips in the Ganga river during 'Gangasagar Mela', at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival on Jan. 14.

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Pilgrims prepare food outside their makeshift tent during Gangasagar Mela at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district. Authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims at the Makarsankranti festival on Jan. 14 due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pilgrims headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage at a transit camp in Kolkata.

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Health workers sanitize at transit camp, ahead of the Ganga Sagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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Health workers sanitize a dustbin at transit camp, ahead of the Ganga Sagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, prepare food in a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage wearing face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus at transit camp, ahead of the Ganga Sagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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A Naga Sadhu blesses a devotee at Gangasagar transit camp, in Kolkata.

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A sadhu at transit camp, ahead of the Ganga Sagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a programme at Babughat transit camp, ahead of the Gangasagar Mela, in Kolkata,

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A pilgrim headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage blows a horn at a transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrim headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage take mid-day meal at a transit camp in Kolkata.

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A pilgrim, left, headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage makes enquiry at a transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims headed for the Gangasagar pilgrimage wearing face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus stand in a queue for mid-day meal at a transit camp in Kolkata. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities are anticipating less number of pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage that coincides with the Makar Sankranti festival that falls on Jan. 14.

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A health worker waits for hermits to collect their samples for COVID-19 testing, at Babughat transit camp in Kolkata.

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A sadhu at Babughat transit camp, ahead of the Ganga Sagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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A 'sadhus' plays 'dhak' at Babughat Transit camp before heading to Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims leave for their homes after taking holy dip in River Ganga on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti', in Kolkata.

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A holy man blesses a devotee at a transit camp on way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims are served an evening meal at a transit camp on way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims queue up for free meals at a transit camp on way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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A man smokes marijuana with his followers at a transit camp on way to Gangasagar, in Kolkata. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take the annual holy dip at Gangasagar, where the Ganges River reaches the Bay of Bengal, on the auspicious Makar Sankranti festival day that falls on Jan. 15.

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Pilgrims dry their sarees at Babughat side of River Ganga in Kolkata.

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A sadhu lights a pipe in Kolkata.

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Devotees are seen at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata

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Devotees are seen waiting at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata

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Devotees are seen waiting at transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata

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Pilgrims stand in queue to receive a free meal at a gangasagar transit camp in Kolkata.

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A Sadhu seen at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata

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A Sadhu seen at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata

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A Sadhu seen waiting at a temporary transit camp

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A Naga Sadhu blesses a devotee at Gangasagar transit camp, in Kolkata.

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Devotees have arrived at the Gangasagar mela transit camp on their way to the Gangasagar to take a dip at the confluence at the Sagar island of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, on the forthcoming occasion of the Makar Sankranti.

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Sadhus are seen waiting at a temporary transit camp, in Kolkata

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A Naga Sadhu blesses a devotee at Gangasagar fair transit camp, in Kolkata.

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Devotees on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addreses during inauguration of 'Outram Ghat Transit' point for Gangasagar pilgrims ahead of the Gangasagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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A view of temporary tents set up for pilgrims and visitors on a bank of Sagar Island ahead of Ganga Sagar Mela.

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

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Sadhus blow horns holding tridents on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

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Devotees take a holy dip in the water of Ganga River on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greets Gangasagar pilgrims during the inauguration of Batanagar Jhinjhirabazar flyover at Babughat Transit point, in Kolkata.

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A sadhvi sits at Babughat Transit point on her way to Gangasagar Mela, in Kolkata.

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The damaged bus, which met with an accident while carrying pilgrims during early morning, parked at a bus stand at Sagar Island.

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A Large number of pilgrims on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at a beach in Sagar Island.

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Devotees offer prayers while taking holy dip at Gangasagar (Sagar Island) on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti'.

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Devotees offer prayers while taking holy dip at Gangasagar (Sagar Island) on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti'.

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A devotee offering evening prayers to the Sun on the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti' at Gangasagar (Sagar Island).

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Devotees on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims drying their clothes after bathing in hooghly river near gangasagar fair transit camp in Kolkata.

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Devotees take bath in hooghly river near gangasagar fair transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims stand in queue to receive a free evening meal at a gangasagar fair transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims stand in queue to receive a free meal at a gangasagar fair transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims stand in queue to receive a free evening meal at a gangasagar fair transit camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims at a Gangasagar Fair Transit Camp in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, prepare food in a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, prepare food in a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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Pilgrims on the way to Gangasagar Island for Makar Sankranti, prepare food in a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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A Naga Sadhu (holy man) smokes a pipe at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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A sadhu plays a musical instrumet, 'damaru' at a transit camp of Gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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A Naga Sadhu after taking bath blows conch in hooghly river near gangasagar, in Kolkata.

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A Naga Sadhu blesses a devotee seeking advice at gangasagar fair transit camp, in Kolkata.

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Naga Sadhu Baba at gangasagar fair transit camp, in Kolkata.

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Famous Kapilmuni Temple illuminated for upcoming 'Makar Sankranti' festival at Sagar Island. Pilgrims offer prayers at the temple after taking holy dip at Gangasagar.

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra