Huge turnout at Gangasagar on Makar Sankranti

New Delhi: Over 15 lakh devotees across the country and abroad took a holy dip in the sacred Ganga river on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, at Gangasagar in West Bengal. Despite the chilly weather, devotees from across the country and neighbouring nations including Nepal and Bangladesh came to take the holy bath.

The devotees believe that a dip in the sacred river during the Makar Sankranti washes off their sins.

Sagar Island, about 150 km from Kolkata in the South 24 Parganas district, witnessed a massive congregation of people this year. Devotees offered coconuts the famous Kapil Muni temple.

Reportedly over 15 lakh pilgrims took a holy dip here.

Besides floodlights at the ghats, at least, 140 CCTVs and watch towers were set up in and around the Kapil Muni temple to ensure smooth observance of the rituals.

Extra contingent of the police force was deployed to contain any unforeseen circumstances. National Disaster Response Force and Coast Guard were also kept on high alert.

In addition to the stringent security measure, three drones were deployed for air surveillance.

The West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation added extra fleets of barge for smooth transportation of the devotees. Additional trans were also provided for the occasion. (IANS)(Picture courtesy: