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Gangasagar Mela

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

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

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.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

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

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

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

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

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

PTI Photo by Swapan Mahapatra

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Pilgrims at a Gangasagar Fair Transit Camp in Kolkata.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

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

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