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Significance and Celebrations  of Ganga Dashahara

Significance and Celebrations of Ganga Dashahara

Ganga Dashahara — celebrated by the people at Sunday, on 8th June 2014.

Ganga Dashahara is celebrated every year between May and June. According to the Hindu calendar Ganga Dashahara or dashami is celebrated (at tenth day of the month) in waxing moon of the month of Jyeshtha. Hindus celebrate this festival very significantly because Rishi Bhagirathi took many years meditating to convince Ganga to come on earth. Ganga was fall down at this day from heaven to earth. The sacred river to Hindus ‘Ganga’ holds a special place for the Indian. Ganga is considered as the most holy and sacred rivers in India. This river is worshipped, with a belief that Goddess Ganga can wash away all sins of mankind. The name Dussehra comes from ‘Dus’ which means ten and ‘Hara’ which connotes defeat. Thus, it is believed that praying on this day can help you attain salvation from 10 sins. Ganga Dussehra is celebrated at major ghats of India such as Varanasi, Allahabad, Garh-Mukteshwar, Prayag, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Devotees take holy bath during this festival of Ganga Dashahara at these Ghats. Amidst hundreds and thousands of pilgrims, the priests perform aartis to goddess Ganga. Another priest beside him poured water on his heavily cloth wrapped hand, which protected him from the burns. All one can hear is pilgrims and pundits praising and singing goddess Ganga.

Ganga Dussehra festival is a day of devotion and faith.On this day, if a devotee is unable to visit and bathe in the river Ganga, then Ganga jal (water) kept in most Hindu homes is used for purification. A bath in the river is said to purify the bather of all sins. The Ganga is revered all over India even in places far from its course. If a person cannot bathe in Ganga, Ardhaya should be performed near the river, and then Tarpan and Tilodak. One who cannot trip to the river Gange, can take bath at his home by mixing some amount of Ganga- Jal to the normal water, he will achieve the same benefit. At this occasion, devotees keep fast for full day and even they do not drink water for full day and in the evening they take bath and break their fast (by taking only fruit) after moon arises. After bath they offer jal and agarbatti to the Gange and then break their fast. As the evening arrives, devotees start offering leaf boats with flames, sweet and flowers to the river. The pilgrims are seen all mesmerized with the shlokas, bhajans, kirtans and sound of bells during the aarti. This is a purely soothing spiritual experience. Donation of useful things such as umbrellas, clothes, shoes and several other things that can protect you from the summer heat are auspicious.

The Ganga, largest of India’s rivers and the most sacred to Hindus, holds a unique place in Indian consciousness. Regarded as a celestial river originating in the heavens, she is worshipped as the mother who washes away all the sins of mankind.For Hindus, the river is an incarnation of goddess Ganga and it is believed to bring with it purity of heaven.River Ganga holds a lot of value mythologically, historically, religiously and economically for the Indians. It has nourished and nurtures millions of beings every day from her origin at Gangotri in Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. Ganga’s water is considered to be very sacred and is used by everyone for all Hindu rituals. Every Hindu would have a bottle or can of Ganga Jal, water of the river Ganga, in order to commence any hindu rituals at home.People from all over the country go to the banks of this divine river and take a dip in it to absolve their sins or to pay homage to their departed loved ones.Rishikesh, Haridwar, Gangotri and Varanasi are some of the important holy cities located on the banks of the Ganga and it is of utmost importance in the lives of the people residing here. Every day here, is spent in the worship and dedication of the river. In the evening, thousands of leaf boats laden with flames, flowers, and sweetmeats are offered to the river and they flow with the current to the sounds of the bells and bhajans, kirtans and shlokas recited during the arati.They also offer flowers as well as rose petals with the clay diyas filled with oil or ghee lit with wicks. They bring holy water of Gange to their home for other puja purposes.The Ganges is the incarnation of all holy waters in Hinduism. Gange has been an emblem of purity in India from the long time for culture and civilization.
Lets take the oath to save the Ganga………..