In India, the river Ganga is not just a water body, it is an entity with religious, physiological, economic and political importance. Over the course of history, it has enriched the lives of millions and made development easier across states. Let’s look at Ganga Dussehra, a festival that celebrates this mighty river of India.
Ganga Dussehra: Celebrating India’s heartbeat
1. Ritual celebrations occur in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Bihar, the places where it has for time immemorial flown and delivered progress.
2. The festival lasts for 10 days as Dussehra, is a compound Sanskrit word composed of “dasham”(दशम) and “ahar” (अहर), respectively meaning “10” and “day means 10 days. Celebrations start 9 days before and are carried on until actual date and 10th day.
3. All the cities from where the Ganga flows are decorated and about every year these cities are visited by about 2 million devotees. It is astounding to see so many a people taking feeling grateful and offering their devotion to Goddess Ganga.
4. The Hindu scriptures say that taking a dip every day for the 10 days of the Dussehra wipe away a lifetime of sins. And millions of people from across the breadth and width of India come to take a dip in this holy place.