Ganga Dussehra 2018

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Ganga Dussehra falls dur­ing Dashami Tithi of Jyeshtha Shukla Pak­sha and cur­rently falls in month of May or June. Ganga Dussehra is also known as Gan­ga­vataran which means 'the de­scent of the Ganga'.

Usu­ally Ganga Dusshra is cel­e­brated one day be­fore Nir­jala Ekadashi but in some years Ganga Dussehra and Nir­jala Ekadashi might fall on the same day.

Ganga Dussehra is ded­i­cated to God­dess Ganga and this day is com­mem­o­rated as the day when Ganga was de­scended to the Earth to ac­com­plish her mis­sion to purge the cursed souls of Bha­gi­ratha's an­ces­tors. Be­fore com­ing to the Earth, the God­dess Ganga was re­sid­ing in Ka­man­dal of Lord Brahma and along with her the God­dess Ganga brought the pu­rity of heaven to the Earth.

On Ganga Dussehra devo­tees wor­ship God­dess Ganga and take bath in Ganges. Tak­ing bath in Ganges and of­fer­ing char­ity or Dan-Punya on Ganga Dussehra day is con­sid­ered highly aus­pi­cious. It is be­lieved that holy dip in Ganges on Ganga Dussehra day can purge all type of sins. Devo­tees flock to Al­la­habad/Prayag, Garhmuk­tesh­war, Harid­war, Rishikesh and Varanasi to take a holy dip. Ganga Dussehra cel­e­bra­tions are leg­endary in Varanasi. On Ganga Dussehra day thou­sands of devo­tees do Ganga Snan and par­tic­i­pate in Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat.

Ganga Dussehra should not be con­fused with Ganga Jayanti when the God­dess Ganga was re­born.

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