West Bengal: You can take bath on the occasion of Makar Sankranti without going to Gangasagar, delivery of holy water will be done at home.

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  • Decision taken in view of rising corona in Bengal
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Holy water of Gangasagar will now be available in every district of Bengal. In view of the increasing cases of corona virus in the state, the state administration has started sending the holy water of Gangasagar to every district of Bengal.

Today, 23 such gigantic urns have been started to be filled by filling them with the water of Gangasagar. These 23 urns will be sent by boat to 23 districts of Bengal. Without coming to Gangasagar, people will be able to take bath in their districts with the holy water of Gangasagar on the day of Makar Sankranti.

In fact, in view of the increasing corona cases, not many visitors are coming to Gangasagar this time. Normally 18 to 20 lakh visitors reach Gangasagar every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is the second largest religious gathering in the world in terms of crowd after Kumbh.

But this year around 5 lakh visitors have been estimated to reach here. In such a situation, this arrangement has been made for the rest of the visitors to get the benefit of holy bath of Gangasagar.

All the pilgrimages again and again Ganga Sagar once
On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, there is a belief about the pilgrimage to Gangasagar that ‘all the pilgrimages are repeated, Ganga Sagar once.’ The belief behind this is that the meritorious fruit that a devotee receives from the pilgrimage of all the pilgrimages, is attained only at a time in the pilgrimage to the Ganges Sagar.

What is the mythological significance of Gangasagar bath
It is believed that when the Ganges reached the ashram of sage Kapil Muni, flowing on the earth after coming out of Shiva’s hair, it was the day of Makar Sankranti. It is believed that on this day, due to the curse of Maa Ganga Kapil Muni, 60 thousand sons of King Sagar got the ocean by giving salvation.

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