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The Bearded Sadhus : This is my 200th image uploaded on Trekearth.com.My 100th image was a black and white shot of the Darjeeling Toy Train.So,I decided to upload a colorful image for my friends.In this image,you can see a pair of bearded sadhus probably related to each other,sitting by the side of an overbridge in Central Calcutta.They were in the city probably to visit the annual Gangasagar Festival at Sagar Island in South 24 Parganas. I liked the look in their eyes as if asking me why did you choose us for satisfying your photographic knack.

Some tidbits about the Ganga Sagar Festival :

Sagar Island is an island in the Ganges delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. This island, also known as Sagardwip and is a place of Hindu pilgrimage.Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers in the Kapil Muni Temple.In 2007, about 300,000 pilgrims took the holy dip where the Hooghly meets the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Almost five-hundred thousand pilgrims thronged Sagar Island in 2008.For the rest of the year about 500,000 people come to the island.

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