New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Ganga Dussehra or 'Gangavataran', which means the descent of river Ganges is a popular festival among Hindus. It is celebrated with religious fervour and devotion in states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The festival is observed on Dashmi during Shukla Paksa during the month of Jyeshta as per Hindu calendar. This year, it will be celebrated on June 1.

On Ganga Dussehra, devotees take a dip in river Ganges and perform aarti to seek blessings. It is believed that taking a dip in river Ganges purfies them. Many devotees also light up diyas and take ten dips in river Ganga to wash off their sins. They also believe that worshipping Goddess Ganga on this day will help them seek salvation or Moksha. Some people also worship river Yamuna on this day and a kite-flying event is also organised.

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Timings of Ganga Dussehra:

The Dashami Tithi for Ganga Dussehra began on May 31 at 5:36 pm and will end on June 1 at 2:57 pm. On the other hand, Hasta Nakshatra (divine Nakshatra) will begin on June 1 at 3.01 am and end on June 2 at 1.03 am. The Vyatipata Yoga (inauspicious period), meanwhile, will begin on June 1 at 1.18 pm and continue till 9.53 am June 2. 

What is the history of Ganga Dussehra?

It is believed that King Bhagiratha had worshipped Lord Brahma to rid his ancestors from the curse of Sage Kapila. Lord Brahma, who was pleased by king Bhagiratha, blessed him by releasing river Ganga from his Kamandal. However, Ganga could devastate the earth by her force and thus king Bhagiratha asked Lord Shiva to grab river Ganga. Thus with the help of Lord Shiva, River Ganga came to earth and king Bhagiratha’s ancestors attained Moksha and that’s why she is also known as ‘Bhagirathi’.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma