"Ganga Sagar Island, Where Holy Ganges Meets Sea!!" Sagar Island by goutammitra

Sagar Island Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 32 photos

The journey of Holy Ganges Ends Here!!

I have been thinking of visiting this place for quite sometime but could really never went there though I travelled near that area many times. The reason may be we have a very small dealer there and there is no proper hotel type accomodation there. Third reason, visiting this place takes lot of your time as there is no direct road connecting this place. Ultimately we organised a Customer meet and a Sub-dealer's meet there on 14 & 15th March by our CSC team and we were there!

From Kolkata, you have to drive down to Harwood point near Kakdwip, then cross 30mts ferry on the Ganges to reach the other side of the river. The Island is 34KMs long with a bredth of 14KMs. This is part of Sunderbans but no Tiger lives here anymore! All the villages are along with the road, which is really beautiful.

Sagar Island (also known as Gangasagar) lies on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 150 km (80 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. It belongs to the Republic of India and is governed by the State government of West Bengal. The island is large — with an area of around 300 sq km. It has 43 villages and a population of over 160,000.

The island is home to the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also rich in mangrove swamps, waterways and small rivers.This island is a famous Hindu pilgrim place.Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (mid of January),millions of Hindus gathered to take a holy dip in the confluence of Ganga and offered puja in Kampil Muni Temple.

Kolkata Port Trust has a pilot station and a light house.

West Bengal government is planning to build a deep water port in Sagar Island.

Importance of Gangasagar!

This is the place where thousands of people take Holy Dip during Makar Sankranti, usually falls on 14 or 15th January every year. Very large hard sand beach with shallow depth of water.

Gangasagar pilgrimage and fair is the second largest congregation of mankind after the holy Kumbha Mela. The latter is observed once in four years at alternate locations in north, central and central-west parts of the country, Gangasagar fair and pilgrimage is held annually on the Sagar Island’s southern tip in the Ganges delta atop the Bay of Bengal. That makes Gangasagar all the more distinctive.

In 2007, about 300,000 pilgrims took the holy dip where the Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The figure was lower by around 200,000 because of Kumbh Mela. For the rest of the year about 50,000 people come to the island. Almost 700,000 pilgrims thronged Sagar Island in 2008.,on January 14 & 15th.

Mythological History of Ganga Sagar

The place is primarily important for its temple
of the great saint Kapil Muni who according to
myth was Vishnu, had taken birth as per the wish
of Kardam muni as his son. It is told that Kardam
had to go through a marital life as per the direction
of Vishnu but he agreed in a condition that Vishnu
has to take birth as his son and as per this
condition Vishnu had taken birth as his son and
he was Kapil Muni-one of the great saint of Hindu
religious mythology. Kapil Muni’s hermitage was
present at the place of the present day Gangasagar.
His mythological story is related with the bringing
of Ganga – the sacred river, in this place. In the
myth it is told that once during his religious
austerity King Sagar’s (the King of Ikshashu
Vansh of Ayodhya) 60000 sons came down to the
place of his hermitage in search of their father’s
sacrificial horse and found it there at that place.
In fact the horse was stolen by Devraj Indra and
it was hidden by him at Patal beside Kapil’s
hermitage. Sagar’s sons blamed him for the
stealing of that and interrupted in his religious
meditation.Then the saint became very angry and
his blaze of anger came out of his eyes which
burnt all the 60000 sons of the King Sagar into
ashes and consigned their souls to hell until
Sagar’s grandson whose name was Bhagirath
brought down the Ganga- Vishnu’s wife as per
the direction of the Saint-Kapil from heaven.With
the touch of holy water of Ganga all 60000 sons
were released from the curse and liberated their
souls. Cognitive view of the local people is that
Ganga in this place is known as Sagar and the
point of junction of the river and the sea at the
Sagar island is the celebrated seat of Hindu
pilgrims (Maity, 2001).
It is told that Sagar King’s sons were liberated
from curse on the day of Makar Sankranti (Saha,
1999).Due to this the day became a very
auspicious day to the Hindu pilgrims. On that day
pilgrims from all over India come to take bath in
the Gangasagar to get rid of all the sins and
simultaneously to earn virtue. They also offer puja
to the great saint-Kapil in his temple which is run
by the Ramanandi saints of the Hanuman garhi
of Ayodhya. Initially one of the zamindars of the
then Sagardwip—Jaduram migrated from
Midnapur appointed a priest from that group ofthe temple. According to them as the myth is
related with Ayodhya and with the forefathers of
Ram, it is their claim that they are the actual owner
of the temple. During the time of holy bathing
ceremony a large fair is held which is known as
Gangasagar Mela. Except this great festival it is
observed that throughout the year people come
to visit the place primarily during different festive
and ritual occasions and sometimes even when
there is no such occasion.the temple. According to them as the myth is
related with Ayodhya and with the forefathers of
Ram, it is their claim that they are the actual owner
of the temple. During the time of holy bathing
ceremony a large fair is held which is known as
Gangasagar Mela. Except this great festival it is
observed that throughout the year people come
to visit the place primarily during different festive
and ritual occasions and sometimes even when
there is no such occasion.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:No Pollution, only Solar Power!!!
  • Cons:Difficult ro Reach, Bridge or Frequent LCT Ferry Required!
  • Last visit to Sagar Island: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated Mar 25, 2008
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2009 at 7:08 PM

    Lovely place with lovely people. Nice page!

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 6:15 AM

    Goutam! Another place to see! where are we going to find all the time??? Good page and tips- your pics are good too!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    The simple fisher folk add to the beauty of the ganges.

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    it must have been great to visit the place...no tourists, no pollution...pure nature.

  • asianbelle's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    solar power??? wow!... btw, there's a Filipino VTer who's visiting India in April - Pinoy_Traveller

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