How to reach :-
From Kolkata, Diamond Harbour Road (NH-117) runs south around 90 km to Harwood Point, near Kakdip, where a ferry runs to Kachuberia at the north end of the island. The Panchyat Samity maintains a parking area near the ferry landing. The ferry travels about 3.5 km across a distributary of the Ganges river (also known as Hooghly River or Muriganga river locally) to reach Kachuberia. Small boats also cross from Harwood Point to Kachuberia. Private cars and buses travel the roughly 32 km to the pilgrimage site at Sagardwip. From the pilgrimage parking area the Kapil Muni Temple is about 200 meters and the Gangasagar confluence is about 700 meters.
A holy man, Kardam Muni, made a pact with Vishnu that he would undergo the rigours of marital life, on the condition that Vishnu would incarnate as his son. In due time Kapil Muni was born as an incarnation of Vishnu and became a great saint. Kapil Muni’s ashram was located on the island. One day King Sagar’s sacrificial horse disappeared; it had been stolen by Indra.
The king sent his 60,000 sons to find it, and they found it next to Kapil Muni’s ashram, where Indra had hidden it. Mistaking Kapil Muni for the thief, the sons accused Kapil Muni, who in his wrath at the false accusation burned the sons to ash and sent their souls to Hell. Later having compassion for the King Sagar’s sons, Kapil Muni acceded to the prayers of King Sagar’s descendants, agreeing to the restoration of the sons, if Parvati in the form of the river goddess Ganga would descend to Earth to perform the burial ritual of mixing the ashes with holy water (niravapanjali).
Through deep meditation, King Bhagiratha induced Shiva to order Ganga down from heaven and the 60,000 sons were freed (moksha) and ascended to Heaven, but the river Ganges stayed on the Earth. The date of the descent of Ganga was 14 January which coincides with Makar Sankranti.
We visited this place during the feb of 2015,it was a very short trip.
Here we visited kapil muni asram and the sea-side.
We stayed at Bharat Seva Asram.
Kapil Muni Ashram is only 10 minutes walking distance from Bharat Seva Ashram.
“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
– – Chief Seattle
The sunrise and sunset of this place is very attractive.
Tour Summary :
Date – 14/02/2012
Tour Members : 5
Hotel infomation : Bhrata Seva Asram. Ganga Sagar Kapil Muni Temple & Ganga Sagar Beach Rd, Gangasagar, West Bengal 743606. P : 03210 240 205
Tour plan :
Day 1 : Kolkata to Sagar Island Visiting sea-side
Day 2 : Visitng Temple. Back to Kolkata
Some more info :
Packing list :- Excluding all the daily ware, please Carrie umbrella, extra haft pant, and Camera.
Shopping – Handmade seashell product is available just start from 10Rs.
Notes :- Please avoid family tour during Gangasagar Mela, As it is a huge crowd in this place..
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