Ganga Sagar Mela- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 1: Indian History- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
Ganga Sagar Mela- Context
- Recently, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that her government cannot stop or impose restrictions on the Ganga Sagar Mela.
- Lakhs of pilgrims assemble on the Sagar Island in the South 24 Parganas district on the occasion of Makar Sankranti to take a dip where the river Ganga meets the sea.
Ganga Sagar Mela- Key Points
- About: The Ganga Sagar Mela is a religious festival celebrated on Sagardwip (Sagar Island) in the West Bengal state of India.
- The Ganga Sagar Mela is the second biggest fair in India after Kumbha Mela of India.
- Time of festival: The Ganga Sagar Mela is a six-day fair held in the month of January and on the day of Makar Sankranti.
- Ganga Sagar Mela Ritual: It is a ritual of pilgrims taking bath in holy water and visiting the nearby famous Kapil Muni Temple is performed.
Ganga Sagar: Key Points
- About: Ganga Sagar is the largest village of Sagar Island of the South 24 Parganas district. Ganga Sagar Village is under the administration of Sunderbans, West Bengal.
- Location: Ganga Sagar is situated just off the Bengal coast on the point where the River Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal.
- Significance: Ganga Sagar Mela is held in the Ganga Sagar in the month of January, every year on the Occasion of Makar Sankranti.
- Every year, Ganga Sagar islands see a gathering of lakhs of devotees from all parts of the country who come to take a dip in the holy waters where Ganga meets the sea.