<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities
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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 km². 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), thousands of Hindus gathered to take a holy dip in the confluence of Ganga and offered puja in Kapil Muni Temple.Kolkata Port Trust
has a pilot station and a light house.
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... Read More