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Lakhs of pilgrims descend on Sagar Island for holy dip

Millions of devotees from across the world are counting hours to take the holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in West Bengal s Sagar Island on Wednesday, as a posse of security personnel keep a vigilant eye on the sea of humanity. Visitors from France, Russia, Australia and other parts of the globe have joined lakhs of pilgrims from India at the island in South 24 Parganas for the annual ritual at the confluence of the Hooghly river and the Bay of Bengal. Devotees also flocked to the Sagar Island -- about 130 km from Kolkata -- to offer prayers at the Kapil Muni Ashram during the Gangasagar Mela, considered to be the second largest congregation after the Kumbh Mela. At least 31 lakh people assembled at the island till Tuesday evening since January 10, West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee told reporters here. We expect the number to touch 40 lakh. The devotees have come from across the world, including Nepal, Australia, France and Russia, District .

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