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Ganga Dasshara – 1

अपि प्राज्यं राज्यं तृणमिव परित्यज्य सहसा
विलोलद्वानीरं तव जननि तीरं श्रितवताम् ।
सुधातः स्वादीयस्सलिलभरमातृप्ति पिबतां
जनानामानन्दः परिहसति निर्वाणपदवीम् ।।

The tenth day of the Shukla Paksh of the Hindu month Jyestha is celebrated as Ganga Dusshara. It is believed that Mother Ganga descended on Earth on this day. It is celebrated in all the major cities along the banks of Maa Ganga including Prayaagraj and Haridwar.

People many a times question how can a river flow down from heavens and what is the rationale behind such a story? I totally agree with this question as there must be and there is rationale behind this descendence.

We all know that the Ganga has its origin in Gomukh, a place a few kilometres away from Gangotri Dham in Uttaranchal. Now the fact is that this is not the origin of Ganga. It is just coming out from the caves of Gomukh. So it has its origin somewhere else in the Himalayas. In the glaciers high above Gomukh. Bhagirath, an ancestor of Lord Ram, with his engineering marvel has guided Mother Ganga through Gomukh towards the plains. It is an daunting task performed by him with his team of engineers and workers. It must have taken years to do this. This is his “Tapa” (penance as we call it in English). And hence the Ganga at Gomukh is also called “Bhagirathi”. And when the efforts are big then we call it a “Bhagirath Prayatna” (भगीरथ प्रयत्न).

This Bhagirathi when it merges with Alaknanda at Gangotri, is called Ganga… People do go to its banks but forget the efforts of our ancestors who got Her down as such…

Not to blame them, as Her flow is such. A person forgets oneself while sitting at Her banks seeing the water gushing down through the rocks and the melodious music of Her flow makes one forget all the worries in the world. A person will be ready to leave ones own kingdom and wealth at the first sight itself. And so I began with the 6th shlok (hymn) of Ganga Lahiri stotra written by Jagannath Pandit. “Parihasati Nirvanpadvim” (one is ready to laughingly [carefreely] give away the Moksha [moksha] which one was to attain when he/she sits on the banks of Maa Ganga).

The festival of Ganga Dusshara has just begun today and it will continue for the next 9 days culminating on the 10th day, Dashami. I plan to write everyday for Maa Ganga and offer my Namaskaars to Her, sitting so far in Mumbai. I hope that you all, my readers will love to be a part of my journey.

You all too can contribute your ideas, poems and thought or sketches and join this journey from any part of this world.

Let us make it our journey.

Jay Gange!


Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

20 thoughts on “Ganga Dasshara – 1

  1. Yes. I would like to be part of your journey of Ganga Dusshara articles..I have just explored this history for the first time..and eager to know more about this..even I will try to give my effort for this stuff..

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  2. I read all your posts of Ganga matha
    Thanks a lot for all your posts
    For giving abundance of information about this festival
    As I belong to tamil nadu
    For the first time I got the knowledge about this
    Once again I thank you a lot

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