Ganga Dussehra is celebrated every year, this year it will be celebrated on May 24. The auspicious occasion of Ganga Dussehra, marking the descent of Goddess Ganga, is also known as the Ganges. We all know that the river Ganga is the national river of India and it has a lot of religious significance. The Holy river as it is considered is worshipped by people of different religion. The special puja held in the northern parts near the river banks to mark Ganga’s descent on the Earth is called the Ganga Dussehra.
According to Hinduism Goddess Ganga descended from heaven to earth on this auspicious day. This festival takes place on the 10th day or Dashami of the third month of the Hindu calendar. According to Hinduism Goddess Ganga descended from heaven to earth on this auspicious day. The festival takes place on the 10th day or Dashami of the third month of the Hindu calendar.
This auspicious festival goes on for 10 days and on the 10th day, Ganga Dussehra is celebrated. The festival is celebrated through the states where the river flows like Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, West Bengal and Bihar.
The cities like Haridwar, Allahabad, Rishikesh become key locations to celebrate the festival. People travel to these places especially for this auspicious time to perform prayers and pay their respects at the bank of the river Ganges.
The devotees take a customary dip in the river Ganga as it is believed that the river washes of all the sins and makes one pure. Ganga Dussehra is considered very auspicious and it is believed that taking a dip in the river also heals ailments.
The Significance of Ganga Dussehra
When river Ganga incarnated on earth that occasion was obliged with rare ten vedic astrologic calculations. Jyeshtha month, Shukla Paksha (bright half), Tenth date, Wednesday, Hasta Nakshatra, Vyatipata yoga, Gar Anand Yog and Moon in Virgo and Sun in Tauras, these all ten Yogas absorb all the ten sins by merely take a bath in river Ganga on Ganga Dussehra.
Those all ten sins in which among three are organic, four verbal and other three are mental are proclaimed.
Organic means sins conducted by heavenly body and these are-
1. Fetch anything from others forcibly
3. Contact with other woman.
Among four types of verbal sins are-
1. Speak harsh words
2. Tell a lie
3. Complain for others and
4. Irrelevant rambling are included.
To occupy others’ assets, desire to harm others and discussions on irrelevant topics are considered as the top most mental sins. As far as possible one should avoid involving in all these activities as these are considered as the biggest sins in our mythology but still if occur mistakenly then can demolish by just take a holy dip and perform pooja in Ganga on Ganga Dussehra.
Ganga Dussehra Rituals- Things to follow
* As per the ritual taking dips in cold water repeatedly and doing self-confession of sins helps in achieving a parasympathetic state of mind and bringing one closer to judge, that none other than your consciousness has the ability to forgive.
* If it is not possible to take bath in Ganga on Ganga Dussehra pray at some other river or reservoir or with pure water at home as per the convenience.
* After that should do recital pooja in front of idol of Ganga. The idol of Ganga is considered as Trinetr, quadrilateral, adorned with white clothes and white lotus.
* They offer leaf boats containing ‘diya’, sweets and flowers to the river.
* Pilgrims chant Mantra, ‘shlokas’ and recite various hymns in the praise of Goddess Ganga.
* People get involved in the events of charity such as donating umbrellas, clothes, shoes to the needy people.
* Holy Ganga water is sprinkled in the whole house for purification.
* In the evening time, devotees stand on the steps of various ‘Ghats’ and do the ritual of ‘Ganga Aarti’. It is a beautiful sight to see so many people immersed in devotion towards Goddess Ganga.
* King Bhagirath and Himalaya should also be worshipped which is highly recommended during Ganga pooja.
* Lord Shiva is the prime deity to be worship during the Ganga Pooja as he is sole owner and holder of river Ganga and by grace of his mercy only sent the river on earth for the welfare of mankind.
* The donation of ten eatable items mainly fruits and black sesame seeds are considered most auspicious.
According to Drikpanchang.com, here are the Ganga Dussehra Pooja Timings:
Dashami Tithi 2018 Begins = 19:12 on 23/May/2018
Dashami Tithi Ends = 18:18 on 24/May/2018
Different materials that you need to for this puja are
- Ten variants of flowers
- Lamps, Incense sticks
- Flour balls for feeding aquatic animals
It is said that Goddess Ganga came down from the heaven to earth her in order to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha’s ancestors. The Goddess resided in Kamandal of Lord Brahma and along with her, she brought the purity of heaven to earth.
The festival is majorly celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and West Bengal, where the river flows. Haridwar, Varanasi, Garhmukteshwar, Rishikesh, Allahabad and Patna. Several devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges on this day and perform the aarti on the ghats.
In Mathura, Vrindavan and Bateshwar, river Yamuna is also worshipped. A kite-flying event is organised every year and the devotees pray to Goddess Yamuna.
Lakhs of devotees gather at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi on this day to take a dip into the holy rive, Ganga.
Here’s wishing you all a happy Ganga Dussehra!