1000’s of pilgrims took the holy dip on Makar Sankranti on the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal, and supplied prayers on the Kapil Muni temple right here on Thursday.
The pilgrimage is happening amid strict COVID-19 well being security protocols and numerous volunteers and police personnel have been deployed to make sure individuals observe the rules, officers stated.
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Braving chilly and fog, pilgrims from completely different elements of the nation got here out of their camps early within the morning to take the holy dip on the confluence. Nonetheless, officers stated that this time, a lesser variety of pilgrims have come to Gangasagar because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The timings of the holy dip this yr is from 6.02 am on Thursday to six.02 am on Friday, in response to the Hindu calender.
The Calcutta Excessive Court docket on Wednesday had allowed the Gangasagar Mela to be held this yr whereas asking the West Bengal authorities to pursue pilgrims to go for ‘e-snan’ (e-bathing) to keep away from crowding for the holy dip in view of the pandemic.
The Director of Well being Providers of the state authorities has in a report back to the excessive court docket stated that the danger of COVID-19 transmission via bathing in flowing water like in a river or saline water in sea is extraordinarily low. It was additionally acknowledged within the report that as a measure of precaution, pilgrims are allowed to go for a dip in a staggered method sustaining protected distance between each other.