Makar Sankranti 2021: On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, thousands of devotees bathed in the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal on Thursday and offered prayers at the Kapil Muni temple here. Officials said that during this time health-related regulations regarding Kovid-19 are being strictly followed. A large number of workers and police personnel have been deployed at the shrine to ensure adherence to the guidelines.
Devotees from different parts of the country left their camps and took bath in the Sangam amidst extremely cold and mist. However, officials said that due to Kovid-19 this time the number of devotees who came to Gangasagar is less.
According to the Hindu calendar, this year the bathing time is from 6.30 am on Thursday morning to 6.30 am on Friday morning. The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday granted permission for this year’s Gangasagar fair and directed the West Bengal government to give an option of ‘e-bath’ to devotees to avoid the crowds in the wake of the epidemic.
In a report sent to the High Court, the Director of State Health Services said that the risk of spreading Kovid-19 in bathing in the flowing water of the river or saltwater of the sea is extremely low. The report also said that precaution will be taken and devotees will be allowed to bathe by following social distance from each other.
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