Ganga Dussehra

Ganga DussehraGanga Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Jyeshtha. River Ganga is worshipped as a mother as well as a Goddess, particularly by people of Uttara Pradesh, Bihar, and Bengal through which the river flows. The Ganga is revered all over India even in places far from its course.

The first ten days of the month Jyeshth, known as Dashahara, are dedicated to honour the river Ganges, or Mother Ganges. The Ganges is believed to flow in the three worlds: in heaven it is called Mandakini, on earth the Ganges, and in the nether region the Bhagirathi. Thus the Ganga is known as “Tripathaga”, or the “Three Path River”. People believe that by bathing in the Ganga sins are washed away. The principle centres for the worship of the Ganga are Gangotri, the source of the river; Haridwar, where she comes down to the plains; Allahabad, where she joins the Yamuna; Varanasi, the holy city; and Sagara Island in her estuary where she finally flows into the Bay of Bengal.

Hindus from across India travel to the banks of the Ganga River in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh for the Ganga Dussehra - a 10-day religious festival. The Ganga is a Hindu holy river which is worshipped as a divine goddess and mother that washes away the sins of humans. Each year during the festival, devotees visit bathing ghats which line the western bank of the river so that they can pray and be cleansed. Many also scoop up some of the clay from the river bed to be taken home and venerated.

Initially, river Ganga flowed in the heavens. She was brought down to earth by the severe penances of the sage Bhagiratha and that is why she is also called Bhagirathi. According to the story, of the descent of the Ganga, once a number of demons were harassing the hermits by disturbing them in their ascetic duties. During the day, they would be chased into the ocean. But in the darkness of the night, they would emerge from the ocean and start harassing the hermits again. In desperation the hermits appealed to Rishi Agastya. Agastya, known for his gastronomic powers, drank all the water of the ocean. Though this was done in good faith, it resulted in depriving the world of the water needed for sustenance and the earth became parched and dry. Bhagiratha brought this drought to and end.
Scientists' still cannot understand how unlike ordinary water, when you take a bottle of that and keep it for many years, it never becomes green and stale. It always remains in its pure condition.

How to reach Varanasi
By Air:-Varanasi Airport is about 25km from the city center. There is a direct, daily flight connection between Varanasi and New Delhi. It also connects Varanasi to Delhi, Agra,. Khajuraho, Calcutta, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bhuvaneshwar.

By Rail:-Trains are the easiest and most likely way that you'll reach Varanasi. The city is served by trains from all metros and major cities across the country. New Delhi, mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Gwalior, Meerut, indore, Guwahati, Allahbad, Lucknow, Dehradun… the city has direct rail connections.

Road:- There are daily buses to the Nepali border and other points around northern India. Varanasi, on (National Highway) NH2 from Calcutta to Delhi, NH7 to Kanya Kumari and NH29 to GoraKhpur is connected literally to the rest of the country by good motorable, all – weather roads.

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