Ganga Sagar Mela

14 January 2022

Religious

Sagardwip, West Bengal

30°C / Clear

India is a beautiful land layered with several aspects right from religious beliefs to some of the most prominent architectural wonders. Thus, truly, a visit to India can be one enchanting travel experience for anyone. 

Taking a cue from the beliefs and spirituality, it is also and perhaps the only place which introduced a whole string of yogis and saints from Rama Krishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda to Paramhansa Yogananda to the whole world. 

If you consider yourself a devotee by heart then, India is no less than a colorful fest full of various festivals that lets you witness the glorious heritage of India and at the same time seek your own truth. One such prominent fair and festivals in India, that is second to Kumbh Mela in terms of popularity is the Ganga Sagar Mela held in Sagardwip, West Bengal

This particular Mela (fair) carries a great deal of spiritual significance as it witnesses a large number of spiritual devotees who pour in to take a dip in the sacred waters of the holy river Ganges at Sagardwip from where it finally merges into the Bay of Bengal. Going by the Ganga Sagar Mela History, people believe that it was right at this place that Kapila Muni had helped King Bhagirath liberate the souls of his ancestors. 

The Ganga Sagar Mela is celebrated on the pious day of Makar Sankranti which usually falls between January 14th-January 15th every year. This is also the time when Sun makes its transition to Capricorn from Saggitarius; it is believed that taking a dip in the waters of the holy Ganges during this time can help a person attain salvation.

Major Attractions of Ganga Sagar Mela

1. A Grand Spiritual Affair

For anyone who is even a little bit inclined towards spirituality is surely going to like this opulent affair of all things spiritual and religiously ecstatic. For instance, after taking a dip in the holy Ganges, which is the main purpose of the mela, the tourists and devotees also visit the temple of Kapil Muni. 

2. Explore Sagardwip Island

This island is quite a significant place in terms of its spiritual importance. For any spiritual believer/devotee this would be a great opportunity to witness the spiritual fervor of this magnanimous culture, distilled over hundreds and thousands of years to this point in time. 

3. Get to Interact with Naga Sadhus

As the Ganga Sagar Mela is visited by huge crowds of Naga Sadhus, there is a high probability that you may get an opportunity to interact and know their way of living and rituals performed during the whole fair. Smeared with ash, these sadhus are no less than an attraction point for this mela itself.

How to Reach Sagardwip for Ganga Sagar Festival

One of the most popular events and festivals of India, Ganga Sagar Mela is celebrated at Sagardwip which is situated at a distance of about 1,652, 2,116, 1,907 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can travel to this place via the following means of public transport. 

By Air

Deboard at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport (CCU) which is situated at a distance of 115-125 km from Sagardwip. The airport is very well routed with all the major Indian cities via connecting and direct flights. Once you deboard at the airport, consider booking some means of public transportation to continue your journey further. 

  • From Bhubaneswar - Board IndiGo, GoAir, Air India flights from Bhubaneswar Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000
  • From Surat - Board Air India, IndiGo, Spicejet flights from Surat Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000
  • From Coimbatore - Board IndiGo, Spicejet, AirAsia flights from Coimbatore Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000

By Train

If planning to travel via train, then you will need to deboard at the Kolkata Chitpur Railway Station (KOAA). This station is well connected with nearby regions and cities and from the railway station, you can easily book some means of public transport to reach your destination. 

By Road

Considering your geographical location you can definitely travel to this place via road networks as well. You will first need to travel to Kakdwip and from there cross the Muriganga River via boat and reach Kachuberia. From where you will further need to board a bus towards Gangasagar. 

  • From Kharagpur - 202 km via NH16
  • From Balasore - 317 km via Chennai-Kolkata Highway 
  • From Raipur - 991 km via NH53

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