Kolkata: Lakhs of devotees from across the country as well as from neighbouring Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh today took a holy dip in the river Ganga on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
Makar Sankranti marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days. It is one of the few ancient Hindu festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles. PM Narendra Modi also wished the country on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
A thick blanket of security cover has been placed at the famous spot. The state government has deployed around 3,000 policemen and also pressed into service seven drones to keep a tab on the security as well as the safety of pilgrims taking a holy dip on this occasion.
In fact, for the first time the state government has equipped its officials with satellite phones to ensure uninterrupted connectivity during the Ganga Sagar Mela. The state disaster management department would be getting live feed from the mela area to help effectively monitor the proceedings there.
As a part of the security arrangements, the state has also introduced a real-time monitoring system — the Tirtha Sathi.