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Ganga Pujan and Gangotpatti 2018 – the day River Ganges Descended on Earth

Gangotpatti, also known as Ganga Pujan or Ganga Saptami, is observed on the seventh day (saptami) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month as per traditional calendar Hindu calendar. In 2018, the date of Ganga Pujan and Ganga Saptami is April 22. It is believed that Ganga descended on to earth on the day and is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Narada Purana.

It must be noted here that some regions Ganga is believed to have appeared on earth on Akshaya Tritiya day and some during Ganga Dusshera in Jyeshta month. Ganga Dusshera is a week-long celebration.

You can find more details about Ganga Saptami in this article.


Story of King Bhagiratha bringing River Ganga from Heaven toEarth

Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji Thoughts

If both are qualitatively the same, then what is the difference between God and a soul?
Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji: The difference is that the soul attached to nature, forgets its real identity and quality! That’s how karma starts getting accumulated. Just like soot covers light, the a:thma jn:ana (soul’s knowledge) gets covered by karma because of which the soul considers itself to be a man, woman, animal, tree, etc. 
The soul is actually above all these. As long as the soul is in a body, the eight-fold knowledge remains covered. Once it regains its original form, the soul displays its natural qualities again. God, on the other hand, is not attached to nature and He knows how to control it. He comes to us and wants us too to realize our true nature. This is how He helps us. Just like parents and teachers always wish to help their pupil, God, out of unlimited kindness always wants to help us in many ways.
Related Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji on How to Control the Mind?