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Sagardwip-Gangasagar

Sagardwip is a small island situated at the confluence of the river Ganges with the Bay of Bengal. It is a very revered pilgrimage destination for the Hindus. The famous annual fair known as the Gangasagar Mela held here on the occasion of Makar Sankranti pulls enormous crowds. The wind-swept island’s natural beauty is also remarkable.

Located just 128 km from Kolkata, the island of Sagardwip is religiously important for Hindus; here the mighty river Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal. Sagardwip - this is associated with the famous sage Kapil Muni and accentuates the religious importance. The small island is bestowed with immense natural beauty that surrounds it. The idyllic charm with un-spoilt silvery beaches and greenery around makes Sagardwip an unforgettable destination for nature lovers too. Most of the year the island remains idyllic and serene, windblown and quiet with panoramic views of the mighty Ganges river. It is here that the Ganges meets the sea at the end of her great journey down from the Himalayas. .
A grand fair popular by the name of Gangasagar Mela is held every year in mid January on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. People throng to the island on this occasion to take a holy dip in the Ganges and pray at the Kapil Muni’s Ashram. It is the largest fair of the state with millions of pilgrims from all over the country coming in to take the holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal; the belief is, that it cleanses the body from all sins. The never ending stream of pilgrims keeps pouring in throughout the day before the auspicious date and occupies all available space on the sandy beach. The pilgrims move about the place in groups, many displaying saffron and red flags, identifying the religious ‘Akhara’ (group) they belong to, as well as acting as a beacon to the members who get separated from the group.

Sagardwip has been mentioned in the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian literature. The famous mythological tale associated with this place talks about that during the dynasty of the King of Ekshakshu Raja Sagar was the ruler of this island. He once decided to perform his 100th Ashwamedh Yagna, a record which was only achieved by Lord Indra. A horse was set free and the king waited for its return to perform the Yagna. When the horse failed to return the 60,000 sons of King Sagar went to search for it. Lord Indra had played a trick and tied the horse at Kapil Muni’s Ashram. Unknowingly, when Sagar’s sons saw the horse tied up at the Ashram they accused Kapil Muni of stealing it. The Muni got very angry and cursed all 60,000 sons of King Sagar and turned them to ashes.
The river Ganges descended on earth and traversed through Muni’s Ashram to save the souls of Sagar’s sons. The island is a comparatively unexplored destination. The sandy beaches are extensively covered by trees and small red crabs are found almost everywhere on the beach, which make them a wonderful experience for nature lovers. The panoramic views of the sunrise and sunset refreshes amazingly.

Kapil Muni Temple
This temple is visited by the majority of travellers coming to the island. It is the fourth time that this temple has been constructed: one was destroyed by a tornado, whereas the other two were devastated by the sea. The construction of the present temple was initiated in 1961 and was completed in 1973. In the temple, there are three images engraved in stone; the central one is that of Kapil Muni. The sage is seen in a ‘yogasana’; his eyes wide open, looking towards the sea. The idols of Ganga and King Sagar flank Kapil Muni and the horse of the sacrificial yagna stands at a distance.
The Light House
The lighthouse at Sagardwip provides a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Beach
Sagardwip offers spectacular sunset and sunrise. On the time of the sunset, the sky turns golden with a patch of red on the horizon and the silver sand reflects the last rays of the sun, which form a delightful ambience. The beautiful silvery beaches are lined with trees and crawl with running red crabs.

The Ganga Sagar Mela is held every year in the month of January during the occasion of Makar Sankranti. People throng this island on this occasion to take a holy dip and pray at the Kapil Muni’s Ashram. The island turns into a confluence of faith, culture, cast and color of India.

The night before the auspicious day it often becomes bitterly cold, but that does not deter the devotion and enthusiasm of the pilgrims. After taking the holy dip the pilgrims make way to the temple of Kapil Muni to pray and offer worship to the sage.

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The climate of Sagar island is warm in Summer and Pleasant is Winters. The best time to visit is between October - March. During monsoon the island is lashed with heavy rain and storms frequently.
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