Visit Kapil Muni Temple
Regarded as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in West Bengal, Gangasagar is extensively visited during Makar Sankranti. Located on an island in the Sunderbans, the unexplored and unexploited Gangasagar, fondly known as Sagardwip is an amazing destination for both pilgrims and adventure-lovers.
Every year during Makar Sankranti pilgrims from all over the country come to take a holy dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and Bay of Bengal, followed by offering prayers at the Kapil Muni Temple. This temple is immersed in legendary tales and is highly revered among devotees.
Gangasagar is around 135km from Kolkata.
It would take approximately 5hour to reach Gangasagar from Kolkata.
A number of temples were destroyed by natural calamities before construction of the present-day Kapil Muni Temple in the year 1973 with aid from the State Government and recently re-design the new temple.
Old Gangasagar Kapil Muni Temple
New Gangasagar Kapil Muni Temple
MYTHOLGICAL HISTORY OF GANGASAGAR MELA :
This sacred place is primarily important for the Temple Of Kapil Muni , the great saint who according to myth was Lord Vishnu. Kapil Muni was the son of Kardam Muni. In the myth history it was said that Kardam Muni had to go through his marital life according to the directions of Lord Vishnu , but Muni agreed this under a condition & as per the condition Muni wished to Lord Vishnu to have him as his son. As per this condition Lord Vishnu had taken birth & named Kapil Muni. Kapil Muni’s mythological story is related with the story of bringing the Holy River Ganga at this place.The mythological story is something like —
King Sagar ’s 60,000 sons came to this place in search of their father’s Sacrificial Horse & they found it there. Actually the horses were stolen by Devraj Indra & hidden at ‘Patal’ (below the earth) beside Kapil Muni’s hermitage. But king’s sons was unknown with it ,When they saw Kapil Muni there, they started to blame him for stealing & interrupted in Muni’s meditations. Muni became angry & his blaze of anger came out of his eyes, which burnt king’s sons & consigned their souls in to hell. Many year’s later king’s grandson king Bhagirath came to Kapil Muni to beg & to pray to Muni to release the souls from hell.Then according to Kapil Muni’s directions king Bhagirath brought Devi Ganga to this place & with the touch of this holy river’s water the souls got liberty. As per the myth, the souls were liberated on the day of “Makar Sankranti”
So to release own souls from pain, sin & to earn virtue people come here from all over India & take a holy shower into this holy Sagar ( Island) & earn blessings & worship the great saint Kapil Muni.