INDIA - A Million People Immersed in the Ganges

The religious cerimony couldn't be celebrated at the right time for 65 years!


Until Friday evening at 7:04pm local time, about 1.2 million Indian pilgrims immersed themselves in the waters of the Ganges in Gangasagar (West Bengal) in the span of 24 hours. This was to celebrate the transition in the path of the sun from the celestial realm of Sagittarius to that of Capricorn (Makar Rashi).


The event, which takes place at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, is the one that attracts the largest number of faithful Hindus, after the Kumbh Mela. Gyandas Mohant, high priest of the temple of Kapilmuni built on the confluence point, stressed the importance of the event, because after 65 years the immersion of the devotees (Makarsankranti) at Gangasagar was able to take place in the evening hours. The auspicious period started at 19.04 on Tuesday, January 14, and continued until the same time on Friday.