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Ganga Dussehra is considered to be the very pious festival in Hinduism.

Ganga Dussehra is considered to be the very pious festival in Hinduism. It is held over the first 10 days of the month of June (Jyeshtha), celebrates Gangavataran – the descent of the Ganga to earth. As we know, Ganga is the most Sacred River to Hindus which holds a unique place in Indian consciousness. Ganga is worshipped as the mother who washes away all your sins.

Ten day celebration takes place in Ganga Dussehra. One can get salvation from 10 of our sins during this festival by taking a dip or bath in the holy River Ganga. The first ten days of June are very well justified to honor the presence of Ganga River in India. You might be confused that why it is called Dussehra? Actually Dussehra comes from Dus which means ten and Hara which means defeat. Thus, it is believed that praying on this day will help you to attain salvation from 10 sins. Therefore, this festival has got the name of Ganga Dussehra.

According to the mythology, Rishi Bhagirath, the great grandson of Sagara, wanted to perform the shraddha of his ancestors but there was no water available for the ceremony. Agastya having drunk all the waters of the ocean, the whole country was passing through the adverse drought. On that, Bhagirath took many years meditating to convince Ganga to come on earth. But the river was very forceful as the drift of Ganga is unbeatable, thus Lord Shiva decided to take the gigantic weight of the cascading Ganga on the matted hair piled high on his head. And this was how the descent of River Ganga held on the earth.

Ganga Dussehra is celebrated at major ghats of India among which Varanasi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Prayag are considered to be the most pious places. Around hundreds and thousands of pilgrims come here to perform aarti to Goddess Ganga. All one can hear is devotees and pundits voice singing Goddess Ganga. Thousands of leaf boats laden with flames, flowers and sweets which are offered to the Ganga River and they flow with the current to the sounds of the bells and bhajans kirtans and Hymns recited during aarti. The aarti is performed on the grand note where thousands of devotees come across the Country.

On this day, if you are not able to visit and bath in the river Ganga, then Gangajal (Ganga water) kept in most of the Hindus homes is used for purification and salvation. A bath in the river is said to purify all your sins. The Ganga is revered all over India even in places far from its course. Every Hindu would have a bottle or can of Gangajal, water of the river Ganga, in order to commence any Hindu rituals at home.


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