Ganga Dussehra

Gangavataran, also known as Ganga Dussehra, which is a Hindu festival celebrating the avatarana of the Ganges. On this day the holy river Ganges descended from heaven to earth as believed by Hindus. 

Ganga Dussehra takes place on Dashami (10th day) of the waxed moon in the month of jyeshtha of the Hindu calendar. The festival is celebrated for 10 days, including the nine days preceding this holy day.

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About Ganga Dussehra

Ganga Dussehra festival which is observed by the Hindus mainly in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Bihar where the river flows. Haridwar, Patna, Varanasi, Rishikesh, Garhmukteshwar and Allahabad are the prime locations of the celebrations, at the bank of Ganges where devotees gather together and perform aartis to the river.

On this day taking a dip in the river, is believed to bring the devotee to a purification of state and heal physical ailments he may have. Dasha means ten in Sanskrit and Hara means destroy.

An estimated 15 lakh people celebrated the festival in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Deep daan and Ganga aarti are conducted in several rituals at the various ghats of Haridwar.


Ganga Dussehra 2022 Dates

According to the Hindu calendar, Ganga Dussehra was celebrated on 09 June. The Dashami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month was started at 08:21 am on Thursday, June 09, this date will end on Friday, June 10, at 07:25 in the morning.

On Ganga Dussehra, over 2.5 million (25 Lakhs) pilgrims took holy dip in the river Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh on 9 June 2022. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami also arrived in Haridwar and offered prayers to the Ganga at Om Ghat.

Dates for 2023 Ganga Dusshera will be updated soon. Keep checking this page for latest updates.

What is the importance of Ganga Dussehra?

The holy festival of Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month. According to religious beliefs, on Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami, Mother Ganga had descended on the earth. He saved the ancestors of King Bhagirath, from which he attained salvation. We also know this day as Gangavataran. 

Taking a bath in the Ganges River on the day of Ganga Dussehra is considered very auspicious. It is also said in the scriptures that salvation from ten types of sins is done by bathing in the Ganges.

It is believed that on this day Lord Shri Ram established the Shivling in Rameshwaram. It is believed that by worshiping Mother Ganga on this day one gets freedom from sins and attains salvation after death.


Bathing in the Ganges gives freedom from 10 sins

The day of Ganga Dussehra is considered to be the day of the descent of Ganga ji. It is believed that by bathing in the Ganges and worshiping the Ganges on this holy day, one gets freedom from 10 types of sins. Out of these 10 types of sins, three types of physical sins, four types of sins committed by speech and three types of mental sins are removed.

Auspicious time to bath in the Ganges

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Importance of bath donation on Ganga Dussehra

On the tenth day of Shukla Paksha of the Jyeshtha month, Hasta Nakshatra was the location of Mother Ganga's earthly incarnation. As a result, all worship and auspicious activities carried out during Hasta Nakshatra are successful. The Panchang states that the Hasta Nakshatra for Ganga Dussehra began at 4:26 am on June 9 and continued until daybreak on June 10.

On the day of Ganga Dussehra, one is supposed to contemplate and give after taking a dip in the sacred river, according to the Skanda Purana. Through this, the person is absolved of all sins. On the day of Ganga Dussehra, it is customary to donate 10 things after taking a bath. All sins are eliminated via the donation of these things. Get rid of every issue.

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Donate in 10 numbers

The importance of bathing, charity, chanting, austerity, fasting etc. is said on Ganga Dussehra. On the day of Ganga Dussehra, after bathing in 10 ways, Shivling should be worshiped with 10 numbers of scents, flowers, incense, lamps, naivedya and fruits etc. 

Apart from this, while donating on this day, special care should be taken that whatever you donate, the number should be ten. The number of items to be brought for worship during Ganga Puja should also be ten. By doing this, auspicious results are obtained.

How was the descent of Mother Ganga into the earth?

According to mythology, Maa Ganga was incarnated on Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami in Hasta Nakshatra. It is believed that Bhagirath wanted to bring Ganga to earth for the peace of the soul of his ancestors because due to a curse, only Mother Ganga could save them. For which he did severe penance of Mother Ganga. Pleased with his penance, Mother Ganga appeared and Bhagirath prayed to him to come to earth. Then Ganga said, "I am ready to come on earth, but my strong current will bring catastrophe on earth.

On which Bhagirath asked him the solution and Ganga told Shiva the solution. It is believed that in order to control the tremendous velocity of Mother Ganga, Lord Shiva absorbed her in his hair so that the earth could be saved from the cataclysm and after that make the Ganges flow on the earth with a controlled velocity. After which Bhagiratha brought the ashes of his ancestors and liberated them.


Significance of Ganga Dussehra

Worshiping Maa Ganga on the holy day of Ganga Dussehra, one gets freedom from all kinds of defects. Worshiping Maa Ganga gives auspicious results.

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Ganga Dussehra Travel Tips

  • Chant this mantra on Ganga Dussehra

    On the holy festival of Ganga Dussehra, one should chant the special mantra given by Shri Narayan himself to get the blessings of Mother Ganga. It is said that by chanting this mantra the sins of a person are destroyed and he attains supreme virtue.

    The mantra is as follows- "Om Namo Gangayi Vishwaroopinayai Narayanayai Namo Namah".

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