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Makar Sankranti: Devotees take holy dip in Gangasagar amid Covid cases surge

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Makar Sankranti: Devotees take holy dip in Gangasagar amid Covid cases surge

Gangasagar: Amid rise in covid cases, a large number of devotees on Friday took a holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Gangasagar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

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The West Bengal government has set up air ambulance services to provide emergency treatment to patients and transfer them to hospitals from Gangasagar, where people have gathered for a holy bath on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

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Meanwhile, a two-member committee has been constituted to monitor adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the Gangasagar Mela which began on January 8 this year.

Only those having negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours have been permitted to enter the mela.

Held during the winters, this Mela is an annual gathering of pilgrims that see a number of rituals, lit lamps and chanting in and around Sagardwip.

Makar Sankranti or Maghi is a festival in the Hindu calendar, in which devotees make offerings to the deity Surya. The day marks the first day of the sun`s transit into the Makara, marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

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