Published on: January 12, 2022

GANGASAGAR MELA

GANGASAGAR MELA

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rapaciously High court of Calcutta has imposed More curbs for Ganga Sagar mela 2022

ABOUT

  • Religious festival celebrated on Sagardwip (Sagar Island) in the West Bengal state of India.
  • Second biggest fair in India after Kumbha Mela of India.
  • Six-day fair held in the month of January and on the day of Makar Sankranti.
  • Ritual of pilgrims taking bath in holy water and visiting the nearby famous Kapil Muni Temple is performed.
  • Ganga Sagar is the largest village of Sagar Island , Sunderbans, West Bengal, where the River Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal.

High court’s instructions

  • Directed the state government for constituting a three-member panel containing the leader of opposition at the state assembly, chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, and representative of the state. The panel will ensure compliance of Covid-19 measures in the Gangasagar Island.
  • State have been asked to ensure that all persons and pilgrims at the Gangasagar Mela ground wear masks, adhere to social distancing norms and use sanitisers.
  • Set up five RT-PCR testing facilities along with some rapid antigen testing centres, at all entry points, including Howrah and Sealdah railway stations.