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Why Holy River Ganga is known as Bhagirathi?

In the Himalayas, Holy River Ganga is known as Bhagirathi. The reason why Holy River Ganga is known as Bhagirathi because it was King Bhagiratha’s desire to free the souls of his ancestors that brought Holy River Ganga from heaven to earth. He performed intense austerities (Tapas) first to Ganga to come down to earth.
When Ganga agreed, there was a problem as her fall from the sky to earth will destroy Mother Earth. To overcome this problem the king performed Tapas for several years to Shiva. Only Mahadev could capture the might fall of Ganga to earth. Shiva agreed.
In memory of the intense austerities performed by King Bhagirathi to bring Holy Ganga down to earth, the river is known as Bhagirathi in the Himalayas.
Related Story – Why Ganga was brought down to earth by King Bhagiratha

Indra Jatra Festival in Nepal

Indra Jatra is an 8-day festival observed in the Bhadra Month. The most important date is the Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi – the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra Month. In 2018, Indra Jatra important date is on September 24.
The festival begins on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwadasi with the hoisting of ling (a wooden pole) which symbolically represents Indra, the king of Devas (celestial beings).
The festival is widely observed in the three districts of the KathmanduValley and in Kavre and Dolakha.
During the festival, murtis of Ganesh and Bhairav along with living goddess Kumari are taken around the streets in chariot.
The festival is mainly observed for abundant rains and good harvest.

3-D printed Hindu God Ganesha

Murtis (idols or statues) of Hindu Gods printed using 3-D technology is new and rare but is slowly catching up in India and various countries around the world. A 3-printed exhibition of Ganesha murtis was recently held in Bangalore and was a huge it with the audience. The New Indian Express reports  3-D printing technology has been around for many years now; the first working 3-D printer (stereolithography) was created in 1984 by Charles W Hull. "The industry in India has not taken off in the way it has in countries like Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia. India has the required manpower but owing to lack of world-class R and D facilities, the industry has taken a backseat. We want to bring this technology to the forefront and what better way than to start it with an exhibition of idols of Lord Ganesha," says Prasad Rodagi, founder director of Altem, which has been in the business of 3-D printing since 2010.  At the exhibition, eight idols inspired by the temples in Maharashtra …

Symbolism of Ganapati Visarjan - Why is Ganesha idol immersed in Water after Ganesh Chaturthi festival?

Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations end with the immersion or Visarjan of clay Ganapati idol in water. Hindus worship Brahman or the Supreme Soul present in all animate and inanimate. But for majority of the people it is not possible to worship this formlessness. They need a form to pray to, to seek help, to cry and to take blessings. Ganesha is ‘OM’ the primordial sound or the first ‘Vaak.’ Nirguna Para Brahman takes the form of Ganesha.
Clay and water is mixed to give form to the formlessness. Each person brings Ganesha in clay idol form into the home. This is the Supreme Being arriving at home. After the celebrations, it is time to accept the eternal cosmic law that which took form has to become formless again. It is a never ending cycle (Chakra).
The formlessness giving way to form and then moving again towards formlessness. Each year Ganesha arrives to teach us that forms change but the Supreme Truth remains the same. Body perishes but Brahman residing in it rema…

Watch Ganesh Immersion Live Online on September 5, 2017 from Mumbai – Ganapati Visarjan Live Streaming in 2016

The Ganapati Visarjan will be taking place on September 5, 2017 in Mumbai. You can watch the Ganesh Immersion 2016 live online. The live streaming is provided by Loksatta news. This particular live streaming is of Lalbaughcha Raja.
You can watch the Ganesh Immersion live online here.