6 Facts You Should Know About Ganga Dussehra

While the whole of North India prepares to celebrate Ganga Dussehra tomorrow, 28th May, by flocking to Varanasi, Haridwar, Prayag, Allahabad and take that sacred dip in the holy waters of Ganga, let us understand the importance this event has and the history behind it.

  1. Ganga Dussehra which is also known as Gangavataram is the day when Ganga descended to Earth
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  2. Rishi Bhagirath was instrumental in convincing Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Siva to allow Ganga to come to Earth
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  3. His wish was granted but he had to seek Lord Shiva’s help to control the pressure and force with which Ganga would hit Earth during descent
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  4. It is believed that a dip in the holy water of Ganga during this festival would relieve them of 10 of their sins, hence the name dus+haara
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  5. Ganga Jayanti, which is the day when Ganga was born, is different to this festival
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  6. It is a 10 day festival which starts on Amavasya and ends on 10th phase of moon
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