Gangasagar

In the past,, the Ashram of Kapil Muni was also located at this confluence point. Kapil Muni, by virtue of meditating vigorously, attained Siddhi or fulfilment and thus made this place a religious pilgrim centre. In the Puranas, it has been mentioned that Ramachandra’s 13th forefather, the King of Ayodhya, Sagar, undertook preparation for the 100th Ashwamedh Yajna here. Believing that only he had the right to perform the 100th Ashwamedh Yajna, Devraj Indra was jealous and capturing the Yajna horse tied it in Kapil Muni’s Ashram. In the search of horse, when the 60,000 sons of King Sagar reaches Kapil Muni’s Ashram and found the horse tied there, they immediately assumed that the sage was a thief and abused him in no uncertain terms. His meditation being disturbed, the angry sage cursed the 60,000 sons and turned them to ashes. Leaving the heavenly abode Ganga descended down to the earth in order to free those 60,000 sons from the curse of the sage and bring them alive.Ganga came down to the earth in seven streams. Three streams, namely Suchakshnu, Sita and Sindhu are flowing to the east; Haldini, parbani and Nandini are flowing to the west. And the main stream Ganga – after coming to this mouth following Bhagirathi and giving life back to those cursed sons merged herself into the sea. The Ashram of Kapil Muni of the past no longer exists today. The sea had swallowed it up. A new temple has been built at some distance from the seashore, crossing the sand dunes in 1973.

How to reach Gangasagar :
1) Sagar Island can be reached from either Harwood point or Namkhana. Both the points are linked by Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) or West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation buses. Distance of Harwood Point is around 80 Km. from Kolkata and Namkhana is 13 Kilometers more.┬áDuring the Mela buses will end at the ferry crossing in Harwood point (or also called ‘Lot 8’), and they will start in Kolkata also from Babughat, Howrah RS and Taratala in South Kolkata.

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