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Ganga Saptami – Ganga Puja

Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when Ganga River descended onto Earth. In 2018, the date of Ganga Saptami is April 22. Some scholars call it as the birthday or birth anniversary of Goddess Ganga. The day is also known as Jahnu Saptami. It is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures that Ganga descended on earth on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month.

Details of Goddess Ganga descending on to the earth on the seventh during the Shukla Paksha of Vaisakh month is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Narada Purana.

In Haridwar and other regions, Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga descended from heaven onto Lord Shiva’s matted locks and then flowed onto the Himalayas.

Another legend has it that Ganga River violently entered into the ashram of Saint Jahnu and distributed his meditation. Overwhelmed by the anger Jahnu Rishi drank Ganga and released her through his ear. This day is marked as Ganga Saptami.

It must be noted here that some scriptures suggest that Ganga appeared on earth on Akshaya Tritiya day and some during Ganga Dusshera in Jyeshta month.

Special pujas and rituals are offered to Goddess Ganga on the day.