Varanasi: Lakhs of devotees congregated at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi on the auspicious occasion of Ganga Dussehra that is being celebrated today.
The holy festival marks the descent of Goddess Ganga. Ganga Dussehra, also known as Gangavataran, is a Hindu festival celebrating the ‘avatarana’ of the Ganges. It is believed by Hindus that the holy river Ganges descended from heaven to earth on this day.
As per the legend, Goddess Ganga came down from heaven to earth in order to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha’s ancestors.
The festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the waxing moon in the month of Jyeshtha, according to the Hindu calendar.
Devotees celebrate this festival for ten long days. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy river Ganga during these ten days washes away the sins.
In Mathura, Vrindavan and Bateshwar, river Yamuna is also worshipped. The festival is majorly celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and West Bengal, where the river flows.