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Every month the Sun transits from one Rashi to the next Rashi (Sign). This transition of the Sun from one Rashi to another is called Makar Sankranti . When the Sun transits or moves from Dhanu Rashi to Makar Rashi, it is known as Makar Sankranti. On this day Ganga Sagar fair is held every year. (Click here for the date of Makar Sankranti )
Where is Ganga Sagar Fair held ?
Ganga Sagar Mela is the annual fair which is held every year on Makar Sankranti, on the Sgar island. in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district at the confluence of the river Hoogly and the bay of Bengal. This confluence is also called Ganga Sagar. To attend this fair a lot of people from all over India come and take a holy dip. They also offer Puja at the Kapil Muni Temple.
Holy dip in the Gangasagar.
A holy dip in the ocean where Ganga enters the sea is considered very auspicious and sacred particularly on Makar Sankranti. Thousands of people from different parts of India come here for a holy dip. It is believed that going on a pilgrimage to Ganga Sagar is equal to going on the pilgrimage to all the other places of pilgrimage. They say,"Anya Teerrth baar baar, Ganga Saagar ek baar." After taking a holy dip, people give Arghya to the Sun.
Kapil Muni Temple -
After taking their holy dips, people go to the temple of Kapil Muni, where they offer prayers. They also offer coconuts, flowers, vermilion, sweets and money to the image of Kapil Muni and worship it.