This year Ganga Dussehra will be celebrated on 9th June, Thursday and will continue till 10th of June 2022. On this day devotees of Goddess Ganga worship her holy incarnation and presence on Earth. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the sacred river on this day is equal to hundreds Mahayagyas. Here is all you need to know about this festival, its significance, puja tithi, muhurat and puja vidhi.
Traditionally, this festival is also known as Gangavataran or Ganga Dashara.
According to the books of Hindu mythology, it is believed that on this day Goddess Ganga descended on the planet earth. As per ancient beliefs, King Bhagirath from the Sagara Dynasty once worshiped Lord Brahma for purifying the souls of his ancestors and relive them of the curse, so that they can attain salvation.
Lord Brahma asked the king to worship Lord Shiva as it was difficult for Lord Brahma to bring Goddess Ganga to earth for her rage and only Lord Shiva had the power to control it.
Pleased by his prayers and dedication, Lord Shiva gave him a vardan (blessing) and he asked Lord Shiva to control the rage of Goddess Ganga by holding her in his Jata (hair) to save the earth from destruction.
This year Ganga Dussehra will be observed on the Dashami Tithi of Jyeshtha maas (month) and the shubh muhurat will begin at 8.21 am on 9th June Thursday and will continue till 7.25 am, 10th June 2022, Friday.
This festival is usually celebrated during Summers and it is believed that after worshiping and taking a holy dip in Ganga, donating food, fruits, vegetables, rice, flour, ghee, money, water containers etc can bring prosperity and happiness in life.
It is believed that a person who stands in the holy Ganga, worships her and recites Ganga Strotam on this day finds a place in Baikunth after death. If you are unable to reach the river ghat, mixing a few drops of holy Gangajal with bathing water gives the same virtue of taking a holy dip.
Offering sweet delicacies made with rice, fruits on this day is believed to bring happiness and prosperity. Also preparing a rice kheer made with milk, sugar, nuts, dry fruits and rice and distributing it as a prasad after worshiping Goddess Ganga is believed to bring good luck to the family.
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