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Millions celebrate Makar Sankranti in India

Here is a selection of images that moved today of Hindu pilgrims taking a holy dip and worshiping in the Ganges River. Pilgrims are making the annual trip to Sagar Island for today's Makar Sankranti festival, a holy day on the Hindu calendar which marks the sun's entry into the sign of Capricorn, a lucky period.  

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Indian Hindu pilgrims' feet and refelction is seen as they make their way towards the waters to take a dip in the Gangasagar some 180 Kms south of Kolkata on early Jan. 14 during the hold Hindu day of Makar Sankranti. A large number of Hindu pilgrims converged for the Gangasagar Mela which culminates on January 14 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar, during which taking a dip in the ocean at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, some 150 kms south of Kolkata, is considered to be of great religious significance.

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An Indian Hindu pilgrim takes a dip in the Gangasagar some 180 Kms south of Kolkata early Jan. 14, 2011 during the holy Hindu day of Makar Sankranti.

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man prays after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, Jan. 14.

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Hindu pilgrims worship the sun god Surya after taking a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, Jan. 14.

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Indian pilgrims line up for a holy dip during Gangasagar Fair at Sagar Island, India, Jan. 14. Gangasagar Fair is the annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims during Makar Sankranti festival. Pilgrims take a dip in sacred waters of Ganga River before she merges in the Bay of Bengal.

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A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, Jan. 14. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti".