Ganga Dashhara being Observed in India
Ganga Dashhara was observed in India on May 24. Ganga Dashara is dedicated to Goddess Ganga and it falls on Dashami Tithi. It is also known as Ganga avataran. It falls in the 3rd month of Hindu calendar known as "Jyeshth" month on 10th day known as Dashmi. A famous festival celebrating on the occasion of Ganga Avataran (descent of Ganga). This holy river is considered as the gift of God on earth from heaven. People take a bath in the river - which purifies their body and soul. Hundreds of thousands took a dip in the Ganga on May 24 to celebrate the day.
Ganga is known as a divine river. It is worshiped like a Goddess and it is believed that it was the tenth day of Jyeshta bright half when she was descended on earth from heaven. On this day, after a big Tapasya and penance of Bhagirath (Suryavanshi king ancestor of Lord Ram) got success to bring down the river to earth. Since then, every year the occasion of Ganga Dashhara is celebrated by performing several rites and rituals of Ganga pooja to commemorate her.
When river Ganga incarnated on earth that occasion was obliged with rare ten vedic astrologic calculations. Jyeshtha month, Shukla Paksha (bright half), Tenth date, Hasta Nakshatra, Vyatipata yoga, Gar Anand Yog and Moon in Virgo and Sun in Tauras, these all ten Yogas absorb all the ten sins by merely take a bath in river Ganga on Ganga Dashhara.
Those all ten sins in which among three are organic, four verbal and other three are mental are proclaimed. Organic means sins conducted by heavenly body and these are, 1. Fetch anything from others forcibly, 2. Violence, 3. Contact with other woman. Among four types of verbal sins are, 1. Speak harsh words, 2. Tell a lie, 3. Complain for others and 4. Irrelevant rambling are included. To occupy others' assets, desire to harm others and discussions on irrelevant topics are considered as the top most mental sins. As far as possible one should avoid involving in all these activities as these are considered as the biggest sins in our mythology but still if occur mistakenly then can demolish by just take a holy dip and perform pooja in Ganga on Ganga Dashhara.
If it is not possible to take bath in Ganga on Ganga Dushhara, people pray at some other river or reservoir or with pure water at home as per the convenience. In Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam and the caribbean, Hindus take a bath in the river or ocean. In Trinidad, a river has been consecrated with water from the Ganges. After that should do recital pooja in front of idol of Ganga. The idol of Ganga is considered as Trinetr, quadrilateral, adorned with white clothes and white lotus. King Bhagirath and Himalaya should also be worshipped which is highly recommended during Ganga pooja. Lord Shiva is the prime deity to be worship during the Ganga Pooja as he is sole owner and holder of river Ganga and by grace of his mercy only sent the river on earth for the welfare of mankind. The donation of ten eatable items mainly fruits and black sesame seeds are considered most auspicious.
*Pawan Upadhyay is ICDN's national correspondent in India