AN ENDLESS OCEAN, A TIMELESS TALE
“SAB TIRTHA BAR BAR, GANGASAGAR EKBAR”
These are the hymns that has been immortalized in the heart of every pilgrim who every year travel across the length and breadth of the country to reach the sacred shores of the Gangasagar. The gravitas of the Gangasagar mela 2023 are beautifully encapsulated by the spirit of the devotees who belief that taking a dip in the holy water of Gangasagar will help them to attain moksha. With just over a month left for the Mela, the South 24 Parganas District Administration, is taking exceptional efforts to safeguard the health and safety of pilgrims by following every Covid guidelines, so that the devotees can celebrate their unwavering faith on the shores of mysticism.
Gangasagar, the land where faith meets belief, lies about 100 Km from Kolkata on the southern tip of the Gangetic delta, under the jurisdiction of South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Gangasagar or Sagar Island, a tract of land cut from the mainland, creates an unparallel religious ambience with vast swathes of silver sands, clear sky, deep blue ocean and the iconic Kapil Muni Ashram. These are the shores where the holy Ganges meets the ocean after a journey of thousands of kilometres.
Gangasagar is poetry in motion. The pilgrimage to Gangasagar is a reflection of the fascinating journey from Samsara (cyclicality of life, death, and existence) to Nirvana (Moksha/Salvation), a journey that has captivated scholars, writers, rationalists, and spiritualists for ages. The teeming multitude of Gangasagar Mela 2023 is a visual insight of man’s relentless quest from mundane to spiritual.