The Ganga Sagar fair at the Sagar Dweep is the main attraction on this occasion. Pilgrims from all round country gather to commemorate the three day fair.

The Ganga Sagar fair is the largest fair in West Bengal. This fair is held where the river Ganga (Ganges) and the Bay of Bengal join. Hence, it was named Ganga Sagar fair. This festival is celebrated during January every year and it is a major attraction for millions of pilgrims.

During the Ganga Sagar fair, a special puja is performed thanking the Sun God for the good harvest. Aaratis are performed in the evening when worshipers offer leaf baskets filled with flowers and ‘deep’ holding camphor. The camphor is lit and these flickering baskets are let adrift on the waters of the sacred Ganga river.

Til and rice being the two important ingredients of this festival, people have a special rice-centric meal on this day. On Makar Sanskranti, people come for a ceremonial cleansing in the river Hooghly, near Kolkata.

Women clean the houses and prepare delicious traditional rice-sweets called ‘pithey’. Sweets like ‘kheer’, ‘puli’, ‘gokul pithey’, ‘paatishapta’, ‘satipitha’, etc, are prepared from the palm ‘gur’.

The auspicious day has another significance as the day and night of Makar Sankranti is being distributed into equal hours and it also marks the harvesting of winter crops.

It is said that during the Kurukshetra war, Bhisma Pitamaha, who had the divine power to choose the time of his death, laid on the bed of arrows for 26 days so that he could die on Makar Sankranti day.


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