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Gangasagar Mela 2017: Story of a long Painful Pilgrimage
Gangasagar Mela is one of the most famous fairs held in West Bengal (India). This year it was held on 14th and 15th January 2017. Like every year thousands of people attended this event.
Taking bath in the water at this place, during Gangasagar Mela, is considered to be extremely sacred. On the day of Makar Sankranti (January 14), when the sun makes a transition to Capricorn from Sagittarius, it is said that the bath becomes a holy source of salvation. It is one of the largest annual gatherings of devotees in India. The mythological story behind this event: King Sagar’s 60,000 sons came to this place in search of their father’s Sacrificial Horse, which were stolen by Devraj Indra & hidden at under the earth beside Kapil Muni’s hermitage. King’s Sons were unknown to this fact and they started to blame Kapil Muni for stealing the horses and at this moment they interrupted in Muni’s meditations. Muni became angry & his anger came out of his eyes to burn king’s sons & consign their souls in to hell. Many years’ later king’s grandson king Bhagirath came to Kapil Muni to beg & to pray to Muni to release the souls from hell. Then according to Kapil Muni’s directions king Bhagirath brought Devi Ganga to this place & with the touch of this holy river’s water the souls got liberty. As per the myth, the souls were liberated on the day of “Makar Sankranti”. Every year people use to come here to get rid of their own pain, sin and to earn blessings and virtue.
I always believe that humanity is much bigger than any virtual power. Without human power any myth is just a story. God is created by us so I always love to capture every human emotion from my view finder. I decided to capture some the lives, their activities and their emotions. My lenses found those activities and emotions that made Gangasagar more realistic rather than a virtual myth. Hope you will like it.