Ganga Dussehra: Descend of the Ganga to earth
Ganga Dussehra is held in the month of Jayeshtha according to the Hindu calendar. This is the day which celebrates descend of the Ganga to earth as according to mythology books Ganga is the river of Heaven. River Ganga is very important to all Hindu devotees. It is a symbol of Hinduism since the ancient times. It is believed that river Ganga can wash away all the sins. This is why it plays a very important role in the life of every Hindu. In the month of Jayeshtha, the first ten days are dedicated to pay respect to river Ganga. These ten days are known as Dussehra. Dus means ten and hara means defeat. It is said that if you pray on this day you will get salvation from ten sins with the blessings of Ganga. River Ganga has a different importance in the Hinduism as well as the country as it has huge significance as a river in many areas of the country.
Celebrating Ganga Dussehra
River Ganga is considered as Goddess as well as mother by Hindu devotees. This is a very significant day especially for people living in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal. People travel to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Prayag, and Varanasi to take a holy dip. They also take some clay from river bank so that they can worship this at back home. Devotees make leaf boat filled with flames, flowers, sweets and give this as an offering to river Ganga. You can also hear chants, shlokas, bhajans at the time of Ganga aarti which is one of the famous moment on the bank of the river. The Ganga Jal is also considered as auspicious and it has a different importance in all the rituals of Hinduism without which the rituals are considered as incomplete.