Ganga Saptami 2020: History, importance and significance of Ganga Jayanti
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Hinduism preaches everything that is created by the all-mighty, the trees, the river, the wind, the sun, and even the moon. Water that fostered the saplings of life on Earth comes from the seas and the rivers and the water we sustain on is sourced from rivers or other freshwater suppliers.
Out of all the rivers that peace’s out with its giggling sprinkles and flowing liveliness in India, Ganga is the priestliest one, hence Hinduism assigns it to the specification of God.
Ganga Saptami, which is dated on April 30 this year, is the day when Hindus celebrate in the name of Goddess Ganga. As per legends, on this the day, the land of India became fortunate with the birth of one of the holiest river personified as a God. The day is also known as Ganga Jayanti, which is the seventh day of Shukla Paksha, in the month of spring authentically known as Vaisakh.
Why is this day celebrated?
Though the Goddess Ganga took birth on the Earth on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, still this day of Ganga Saptami is celebrated as her birthday because this day is when the Goddess Ganga took a rebirth on earth. So the accepted tale of Ganga rebirth says that when Lord Shiva released Ganga, its water went to the fields of sage Jahnu and deteriorated all his land, in the anger of which the scholarly Brahmin started to drink all the water of Ganga, and soon the sage emptied the whole river. Post which all the Gods from heaven along with King Bhagiratha pleaded the angry sage to free the river again. Listening to this Rishi Jahnu unfastened the river on the seventh day of Shukla Paksha and thus we celebrate as Ganga Saptami or the re-birth of holy river Ganga.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma