Every summer, the Ganga Dusshera or Ganga Dashami festival venerates the auspicious occasion of the descent of the sacred river on earth from heaven. On this day, a dip in the holy river invoking the Goddess is said to cleanse all sins. A devotee worships by lighting incense and lamp, and offers sandalwood, flowers, and milk. Fishes and other aquatic animals are fed flour balls.
Ganga Dussehra celebrates the descent of Ganga from its heavenly abode to purge the land with its pure waters. Ganga Dussehra (or Ganga Dashmi) always falls in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha The day is also celebrated as Gangavataran (descent of Ganga). Celebrations stretch across 10 days starting on Shani Amavasya and culminating in Ganga Dashmi on the tenth day.
Bathing in the waters of Ganga (Ganga snaan) on this day is considered extremely auspicious and is believed to absolve one of all their sins. Devotees throng to the banks of the…
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