New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Ganga Saptami or Ganga Jayanti is one of the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. The Ganga Jayanti will be celebrated on April 30 this year. Ganga got its name Jahanvi after taking rebirth from the hold of the sage Jahnu, who freed the holy water of the river Ganga after the Devtas from the heaven pleaded along with King Bhagiratha.

The Rishi Jahnu had decided to unfast his hold on the waters of Ganga, on the 7th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakh. Accordingly, we celebrate this day of spring according to the Hindu calendar as Ganga Jayanti, every year.

This year Ganga Saptami or Ganga Jayanti is on the 30th of April, the celebration timings are between Sunrise: April 30, 2020, 5.58 am, and Sunset: April 30, 2020 6:50 pm.

Timings for the Madhyahna Kaal Puja starts from 11:06 AM – April 30 and ends on 1:41 pm, the same day, whereas the moon enters to the Shukla Paksha Phase marking the beginning of Saptami Tithi at  April 29, 2020, 3:12 am and departs from the place indicating the end of Saptami Tithi at April 30, 2020, 2:39 pm. 

How do we celebrate Ganga Saptami?

This festival holds huge importance specially in the Indian States where Ghats of the river Ganga are located like, Banaras and Haridwar. Devotees in these states assemble at the bank of the holy river before the sunrise to take the bath in the holy water when the sun flavor the crystal water of the river with its yellowish-red glare. Though this year this won't be a possibility as the country is locked up, practicing quarantine and social distancing.

Posted By: Talib Khan