Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ganga Dushera

Celebrate Ganga Dushera on the Banks of Rivers Ganges

River Ganga is considered to be one of the four holy rivers across the world. For Hindus, the river is an incarnation of goddess Ganga and it is believed to bring with it purity of heaven. People from all over the country go to the banks of this divine river and take a dip in it to absolve their sins or to pay homage to their departed loved ones.

Arrived is the month of Jyeshta, when people from various cities get soaked in festivities, celebrating this holy river on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, also known as Dasar or Gangavataran. This year the festival falls on 8th June 2014, Sunday. Ganga Dussehra which is also known as Ganga Dashmi is festival of celebration for the birth of River Ganga on Earth.  

Ganga Dussehra is an important Hindu festival celebrated by Hindus every year with much fervor to commemorate the descent of goddess Ganga on earth. The celebrations, however, are limited to taking a bath with the water of the Ganges, worshipping Goddess Ganga and giving charity, in most parts of the country.

In some parts, it is also known as Kite Dassehra and people celebrate it by flying the kites throughout. Though there is no apparent reason or ritual of kite flying but it is observed just as part of celebration. This festival lasts ten days beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and going through to the dasami tithi (tenth phase of the Moon, the day before Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi).

The spectacle at the ghats of Haridwar, Varanasi and Rishikesh is completely enchanting. The evening aarti at one of these ghats is indeed a sight to behold and leaves spectators in complete awe. Beginning before sunrise and stretching beyond sunset, the ghats echo of shlokas and chants of the river. Lighted diyas shimmer and spread the golden-yellow light of divinity and faith as far as one can see. Charity is one of the important elements of the festival and it is believed that charity given with faith and sincerity on this auspicious day brings the blessings of the Gods.

One of the special moments when religion justifies itself and opens the way to spirituality; the Ganga Dussehra is a sight to behold, an experience to cherish and an occasion to introspect. Celebrate Ganga Dusherra at one of the ghats this year and experience the strength of faith.

Send Ganga Dushera wishes to your loved ones, praise Goddess Ganga on this holy day, buy various worship items & spiritual Products on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra this year. Happy Ganga Dussehra to one and all!

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