Festival of ‘Ganga Dussehra’ in Uttarakhand

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There is uncountable festivals we celebrated in a year. Especially in a Hindu Religion we worship our god by performing different Rituals and celebrated many Festivals according to our beliefs. So, in today Content we are going to talk about the festival of Ganga Dussehra, How it perform, what beliefs in this festival, what is the history behind this and many more Information.

What is Ganga Dussehra

It’s a Hindu Festival celebrated every year on Dashmi (10th day) of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Jyeshta (according to Hindu Calendar). To Honour the presence of Ganga River in India. The festival celebration lasts ten days, including the nine days preceding this holy day. Note that nine days of the celebration precede the Holi day.

Ganga Dussehra in Uttarakhnad

Devbhoomi is a land of salvation from physical, mental and spiritual point of view. The importance of Ganga Dussehra is also related to 10 yogas. Mother Ganga was born among these Yoginis in Haridwar.

Celebrated in the territory of Uttarakhand, Ganga Dussehra or Dasar Festival is sorted out in the period of May-June. This year on 16 June Ganga Dussehra will be celebrated by devotees in Haridwar.

Priests believe that this festival is started ever since Mother Ganga descended on earth and came to Haridwar. On this day, Ganga’s son Bhishma also has his birthday. It is believed that taking bath in Haridwar Har ki Pauri on this day will absolve 10 types of sins.

Reason behind the Ganga Dussehra Celebration

The festival Ganga Dussehra is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and it is believed that Ganga descended to Earth on this day. She descended to accomplish her mission to free the cursed souls of Bhagirath’s ancestors. As per the tradition, before coming to Earth, Goddess Ganga was living in the kamandal of Lord Brahma. When Ganga descended to Earth, she also brought the purity of heaven to Earth.

River Ganga is a gift to humanity due to the great penance of Bhagirath, after which she is also known as Bhagirathi. Bhagirath was the descendant of the Sagara dynasty. He prayed for the Ganga river to descend on the earth and bring life. However, it turned out to be a destructive force. Therefore, Lord Brahma asked Lord Shiva to hold in the locks. As a result, Ganga lost force and became a placid life-living river.

Places where Ganga Dussehra is celebrated

Haridwar, Varanasi, Garhmukteshwar, Rishikesh, Allahabad, and Patna are the main locations of the celebrations, where devotees gather at the banks of the Ganges and perform aartis to the river.

Beliefs

It is Believed on the day of Ganga Dussehra if they take the holy bath in the river and perform the puja with rituals there sins were vanished. In addition, it aids in clearing planetary weaknesses and harmonising the planets in your horoscope. 

Why we Celebrate Ganga Dussehra?

The festival Ganga Dussehra is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and it is believed that Ganga descended to Earth on this day.

Ganga Dussehra 2024 Date

16 June

Priti Rawat

Hey, I'am Priti Rawat a content writer, I specialize in crafting engaging narratives about Uttarakhand, showcasing its cultural richness, natural beauty, and spiritual essence. With a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail, I aim to bring the diverse facets of this enchanting region to life through my writing.

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