Sāgar Island

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A relatively small island situated where the Gaṅgā flows into the Bay of Bengal. It is the site of a major annual pilgrimage and great melā in mid January, also known as Gaṅgāsāgar, although before modern times, travel to the site was particularly hazardous. Pilgrims bathe in the confluence of the river and the sea, make offerings to the sea, and do pūjā at the (rebuilt) Kapil(a) Muni temple. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Sāgar had a reputation for attracting suicides and for those wishing to drown their first-born children, both as a form of prāyaścitta, and to ensure a blessed life for their future offspring. It is now a favourite tīrtha for saṃnyāsins, particularly Nāgas.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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