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Indian pilgrims flock to island for annual holy dip amid pandemic

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Kolkata, Jan 13 (EFE/EPA).- Thousands of Hindu pilgrims on Wednesday gather for an annual holy dip in the icy cold waters of an island in eastern India to mark the end of winter solstice, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hindu devotees every year during this time bathe in what they believe sacred waters of the Ganga Sagar island that marks the point where the Ganges river, considered holy by Hindus, meets the sea.The pilgrims now gather for the Ganga Sagar festival that begins on Jan. 13 at the island, located some 130 kilometers (81 miles) south of Kolkata, in the Ganges delta. Ganga Sagar is one of India's most coveted pilgrimages and every year millions of devout Hindus travel to the Gangasagar fair - the largest annual gathering of devotees in India and the second largest overall among Hindus, after the Kumbh Mela - on the Sagar Island, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. (Camera: PIYAL ADHIKARY). SHOT LIST: GOVERNMENT HEALTH STAFF COLLECT SWAB OF A HINDU PILGRIMS FOR A COVID-19 RAPID TEST AT A TEMPORARY HOSPITAL NEAR THE BAY OF BENGAL AT SAGAR ISLAND, AND PILGRIMS ARRIVING FOR THE SECOND DAY OF GANGA SAGAR FAIR ON SAGAR ISLAND, SOUTH OF KOLKATA, INDIA.

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