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Sagar Island

The attraction of Gangasagar on Makarsankranti makes one forget all obstacles in life

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Hair we go...this Sadhu knows how to corner all the spotlight

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

To touch the holy Ganges as it flows into the sea makes one get inner peace on Sankranti

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Gangasagar in all its splendour. No less than Miami beach at night.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

The sadhus have always been the showstopper.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

The all pervading Lord Shiva. The make-up makes this man very very special

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Pilgrims take a selfie at Gangasagar during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Pilgrims take the holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Pilgrims take the holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A security official keeps strict vigil on pilgrims at Sagar Island during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Security personnel keep strict vigil via drone at Sagar Island during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Pilgrims at Sagar Island to celebrate 'Makar Sankranti' festival, in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

A pilgrim takes a holy dip during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Pilgrims offer prayers after taking holy dips during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

A scene at the Gangasagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

A Naga sadhu blessing devotees at the Gangasagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

A Naga Sadhu smokes a pipe at Gangasagar

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Pilgrims take the holy dip at Gangasagar

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Utpaal Sorkkar

Devotees and their Gurus (religious teachers) arrive to take a holy dip in the water of River Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island, near Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Devotees take a holy dip in the water of Ganga River on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island, near Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

A view of temporary tents set up for pilgrims and visitors on a bank of Sagar Island ahead of Ganga Sagar Mela.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Sadhus blow horns holding tridents on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Makar Sankranti during Ganga Sagar Mela at Sagar Island, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an event by WB government at Sagar Island, in Gangasagar.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Fisherwomen sun dry small fish on a plastic sheet at Sagar Island, in Gangasagar.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Two women stroll at the Sagar Island.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra

Beggers wait for alms from pilgrims at the Sagar Island.

PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra