Two boats carrying pilgrims from Gangasagar got stuck in the sea last night due to fog and low tide. According to the information, there were 500 to 600 pilgrims in these. After getting information about the stranded passengers, the state administration immediately started relief material and rescue operations. Indian Coast Guard has deployed hovercrafts to rescue the pilgrims stranded in Gangasagar and they were evacuated from there.
West Bengal| 2 passenger ferries carrying 500 to 600 pilgrims from Gangasagar were stranded in ocean due to fog & low tide since last night. State administration sent relief items for the pilgrims & two Hovercrafts of the Indian Coast Guard conducting the rescue operation pic.twitter.com/DCwl5zWFaS
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2023
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In fact, a fair is organized in Gangasagar every year on the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’. Lakhs of devotees from all over the country come here to take a holy bath. West Bengal Energy and Sports Minister Arup Biswas, who is in charge of the Mela, said, “From January 5 to Mankar Sankranti on January 14, about 40 lakh devotees have come to the Gangasagar Mela, most of whom have returned to their homes.” Huh.”
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He told that the Makar Sankranti bath started at 6.53 pm on Saturday and despite the cold, lakhs of devotees took a dip and visited Kapil Muni Ashram.
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Two devotees had died on Saturday during the fair. Who have been identified as 72-year-old Pratap Chandra Giri, a resident of Odisha, and 73-year-old Biola Devi, a resident of Bihar.
The minister informed that so far 3,500 devotees have taken advantage of the ‘e-snan’ service, under which holy water from the Gangasagar is delivered at one’s doorstep after ordering online. He told that till now about 60 lakh people have visited Kapil Muni temple through e-darshan during Gangasagar Mela.
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