Gangasagar Mela

Religious in The Ganges Delta

Every January on Sagar Island, where the Hooghly River, a branch of the sacred Ganges, meets the sea, the Gangasagar Mela sees hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims, chillum-smoking sadhus and tourists converge on the last day of Poush (a month in the Bengali calendar) – usually 14 or 15 January – to bathe en masse in the estuarine waters to cleanse their bodies and souls.

Believers also make a beeline to pay their respects at the Kapil Muni Temple, consecrated to a sage in Hindu legend known for his incendiary powers.