Update: New article on Gangasagar Mela 2010
Pilgrims in large numbers take holy dip at the auspicious time on Makar Sankranti day and offer prayers to Lord Surya (sun god). After taking a dip, devotees offer water to Surya and it is believed that this washes the sins away. After the rituals, pilgrims visit the
Pilgrims start to arrive in the first week of January and on the Makar Sankranti day the number touches half a million.