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Ganga Dussehra 2023 is a significant festival celebrated in India....

Ganga Dussehra is a significant festival celebrated in India, particularly in the northern states, to commemorate the descent of the holy river Ganga (Ganges) on Earth. It is observed on the tenth day (Dashami) of the waxing moon in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, which typically falls in May or June. In 2023, Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on June 10th.

Here are some detailed pieces of information about Ganga Dussehra:

  1. Legend and Significance: According to Hindu mythology, the Ganga descended from the heavens to Earth on this day. It is believed that by taking a holy dip in the Ganges River on Ganga Dussehra, one can attain salvation and cleanse their sins. Devotees believe that the water of the Ganges becomes even more purifying on this auspicious day.

  2. Rituals and Celebrations: Ganga Dussehra is primarily observed by taking a dip in the sacred Ganges River. Pilgrims and devotees flock to the ghats (riverbanks) in large numbers to offer prayers and perform various religious rituals. They bathe in the river, offer flowers, light oil lamps (diyas), and chant hymns dedicated to the river goddess Ganga.

  3. Varanasi (Kashi): The city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India, holds immense significance during Ganga Dussehra. It is believed to be the place where the Ganges first touched the Earth. Devotees throng the ghats of Varanasi, especially Dashashwamedh Ghat and Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, to participate in special ceremonies and witness grand processions.

  4. Aarti and Worship: Elaborate Ganga Aarti (river worship ceremony) takes place on Ganga Dussehra. Devotees gather at the riverbanks to witness the aarti where priests offer prayers, chant mantras, light incense, and hold large oil lamps while circling them in a synchronized manner. The mesmerizing sight of the aarti attracts tourists from all over the world.

  5. Festive Atmosphere: Ganga Dussehra creates a festive ambiance in the regions celebrating it. Temples are beautifully decorated with flowers, and devotees observe fasts and engage in religious gatherings. Cultural programs, processions, and religious discourses are organized to celebrate the occasion.

  6. Environmental Awareness: Ganga Dussehra is also an opportunity to create awareness about the conservation and cleanliness of the Ganges River. Various organizations and individuals conduct campaigns and initiatives to promote the preservation of this sacred river and its ecosystem.

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