sagar Mela is the largest fair celebrated in West Bengal. This
fair is held where the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal form a nexus.
Hence the name Gangasagar Mela. The river Ganga which originates
in the Gangotri glacier in the snow clad Himalayas, descends down
the mountains, reaches the plains at Haridwar, flows through ancient
pilgrimage sites such as Benares and Prayag, and drains into the
Bay of Bengal. Sagar Island, at the mouth of the river Hooghly in
Bengal (accessed from Diamond Harbor), where the Ganga breaks up
into hundreds of streams, and drains into the sea, is honored as
a pilgrimage site. A dip in the ocean, where the Ganga drains into
the sea is considered to be of great religious significance particularly
on the Makara Sankranti day when the sun makes a transition to Capricorn
from Sagittarius and this town becomes home to vast fairs, drawing
visitors and recluses from all over the state.
is a common belief among the locals that the girls who take the
holy dip get handsome grooms and the boys get beautiful brides.
When they are done with the ritual obligations, they head towards
the Kapilmuni Temple situated nearby, to worship the deity as a
mark of respect.
Ganga Sagar can be approached from Kolkata either by road and
then by a vessel, or by chartered luxury vessels starting from Namkhana