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Ganga Dussehra 2018 - Ganga Dashahara Festival – Ganga Dashmi 2018 Date

Ganga Dussehra, also known as Maa Ganga Dashahara, is a 10-day festival dedicated to Goddess Ganga (River Ganga or the Ganges). In 2018, Ganga Dashara festival date is from May 16 to May 24. Ganga Dussehra 2018 date is May 24. The festival is celebrated during the first ten days of the Jyeshta Month (May – June) – the first 10 days during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon).

It is believed that Goddess Ganga touched the earth on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta (June 22, 2018). Legend has it that King Bhagirath performed intense austerities to bring down Ganga on to earth so that his ancestors are relieved of their sins. Finally, Ganga descended from heaven and Lord Shiva held Her in his matted locks so that the power of Goddess does not destroy the earth. She then traveled to earth purifying all that she touched.

Numerous ceremonies are held on the occasion including pujas, prayers, and other rituals. In recent years, with human greed destroying and polluting Ganga, there are special meetings and padayatras held on the occasion to highlight the importance of Ganga and the need to protect it.

It must be noted that the day Ganga descended on earth is observed differently in different regions. In some regions, it is observed as Ganga Saptami and in some regions on the Akshaya Tritiya day.

What to do during Ganga Dashahara or how to observe Ganga Dashmi?

The most important ritual during the period is taking a holy bath on the ghats situated in important holy places along the banks of River Ganga.

Ganga Stotra is chanted in an order till the 10th day.

Performing Shradh in remembrance of dead people in the family is meritorious.

The most important thing a devotee can do is to make Ganga clean by doing what little he/she can.

Reading story of King Bhagirath bringing down Ganga to earth earns merit.

Cleaning the river and its banks should be given importance when visiting the river.