Ganga Dussehra 2021: If we talk about the longest river of India, then it is Ganga and Mother Ganga has great importance in the Hindu religion. Ganga is given the status of the mother in Hinduism. Gangajal is considered very sacred and revered. Gangajal is a must-use in every auspicious work and worship ritual in Hinduism. Ganga is Bhavatarini, hence Ganga Dussehra is considered to have special significance in Hinduism.
According to the belief, if you take a bath in the Ganges at a particular time, then you get rid of all your sins. Bathing in the Ganges gives equal virtue to performing many yagyas. And one such special time is very near. Yes, Ganga Dussehra holds a very special significance in Hinduism. Ganga water is used in all kinds of auspicious works, due to which Ganga Dussehra also has a special significance in itself.
Ganga Dussehra is celebrated annually on the 10th day of Shukla Paksha of the Jyeshtha month. If we talk about Ganga Dussehra this year, then this date is falling on the 20th of this month i.e., June. On this day, if you do charity and charity work after bathing in Maa Ganga on Ganga Dussehra, then it is very auspicious. In view of the situation of the Corona period, if you take a bath by mixing some water of river Ganga in the water available in your house itself on the day of Ganga Dussehra, then it will also be as effective as bathing in Ganga ji.
On the day of Ganga Dussehra, devotees offer special prayers to Goddess Ganga to thank her for her descent on earth. And sanctifying themselves by taking a dip in Ganga Ji, they organize charity, fasting, bhajan, and Ganga aarti. Thousands of devotees take a holy dip in Prayagraj/Allahabad, Garhmukeshwar, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Patna, and Gangasagar on Ganga Dussehra.
The Ganga Aarti of DashashwamedhGhat Varanasi and Har Ki Pauri Haridwar is world-famous on the day of Ganga Dussehra. Devotees also take baths in mythological cities like Mathura, Vrindavan, and Beteshwar situated near the river Yamuna on this day, considering Yamunaji as Ganga Maiya. It is also said that on this day Lord Shri Ram established Shivling in Rameshwaram.
On the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, drinks like lassi, sherbet, thandai, chilled water, and shikanji and sweets like jalebi, malpua, kheer, and fruit melon are also distributed by the devotees. Things like sugar are donated. It is said that whatever a person donates on this day should be 10 in number. In some places, the festival is celebrated by flying kites on this day.
The special significance of Ganga Dussehra
Ganga Dussehra has a special significance in Hinduism. This day is the birth anniversary of Mother Ganga ji. It is believed that on this day Mother Ganga Ji descended from heaven and entered the earth. Since then, the tradition of worshiping Mother Ganga Ji started in Hinduism. Therefore, on Ganga Jayanti or on the day of Ganga Dussehra, if you bathe in the Ganges and do charity work, then Mother Ganga will have a hand on you and all the sorrows from life are removed.
Worshiping Maa Ganga on this day gives freedom from all kinds of sins. By the grace of Maa Ganga, all kinds of defects are removed. Worshiping Mother Ganga on the day of Ganga Dussehra leads to salvation after death.
What is its legend?
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that the credit of bringing Mother Ganga Ji from heaven to earth goes to Bhagirath Ji. For this, Bhagirath had done severe penance, then Mother Ganga was pleased and told her that someone should stop my velocity. Otherwise, my velocity will go into the abyss, tearing the earth and the people of the earth will not be able to get rid of sin. Therefore, to stop the velocity of the Ganges, Bhagirath pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance and Lord Shiva took Ganga Ji in his hair.
Worship method on Ganga Dussehra
If you also want to take advantage of Ganga Dussehra, then for this you should know about its worship method. Do not go to the banks of the Ganges to celebrate this festival during the Corona period. On the day of Ganga Dussehra, get up early in the morning and mix Gangajal in the bathing water and take a bath with that water. After this, by offering Arghya to Lord Surya, chant the mantras of Mata Ganga Ji. When you have done both these things, then after that do charity to the poor, Brahmins, and the needy.
Another method is to wake up early in the morning and take bath. Bathing in the Ganges River has a lot of importance on this day, but this time due to coronavirus, take a bath by staying at home. Put Ganga water in the bathing water and take a bath after meditating on Mother Ganga. Sprinkle Ganga water in the temple of the house. Light a lamp in the temple of the house. Abhishek of all the deities with Ganga water. Worshiping Lord Shankar on this day gives auspicious results. Meditate more and more on Maa Ganga.
If possible, keep fast on this day also. Do the aarti of Mother Ganga by staying at home. Invoke Maa Ganga and offer her bhog. Keep in mind that only satvik food is offered to God. Satvik food has no onion or garlic and is pure without any meat or any non-veg food item or thing near it.
Auspicious time of Ganga Dussehra
Ganga Dussehra date: – 20 June 2021, Sunday
Ganga Dussehra starting date:- 19th June 2021 Evening (06:50)
Ganga Dussehra ending date:- 20 June 2021 Evening (04:25)
Brahma Muhurta -04:03 AM to 04:44 AM
Abhijit Muhurta -11:55 AM to 12:51 PM
Vijay Muhurta -02:42 PM to 03:38 PM
Twilight Muhurta – 07:08 PM to 07:32 PM
Amrit Kaal-12:52 PM to 02:21 PM
Ganga Dussehra is observed by Hindus mainly within the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and West Bengal, where the river flows.