New Delhi: On the auspicious occasion of Ganga Dussehra, devotees pray to this holy river for its blessings of prosperity. May 30 this year marks the descent of the Goddess Ganga, also known as the Ganges River. Legend has it that Ganga came down from heaven to earth on this day. During Ganga Dussehra, many bright lamps adorn the wading waters, inviting peace and benevolence. With unbridled enthusiasm and fervor, this festival is celebrated with gusto in various states where the Ganga flows.
On the occasion, TV actors Neha Joshi (Yashoda, Dusri Maa), Yogesh Tripathi (Daroga Happu Singh, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan), and Vidisha Srivastava (Anita Bhabhi, Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai) spoke about the importance and customs of the festival. done .
Neha Joshi essays Yashoda in &TV’s show Dusri Maa, Shares, “Ganga Dussehra, also known as Gangavataran, commemorates the divine descent of the holy Ganga from heaven to earth. This festival is mainly celebrated in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand. Devotees gather on the banks of the Ganga, engage in sacred rituals and offer aarti to the revered river. Immersing oneself in its waters on this auspicious day is believed to purify the soul and ward off physical ailments. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Rishikesh for a performance, where I was mesmerized by the mesmerizing beauty of the Ganges. It was a dream come true as I witnessed the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti for the first time, lighting a lamp and offering it to the divine river. It was a pleasure to shoot in holy cities like Haridwar and Rishikesh. Many locals shared stories of the magnificence with which the festival is celebrated there. Someday, I aspire to revisit these places during that time, immerse myself in the vibrant festivities and experience the true essence of the celebration.”
Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on Dashami, the 10th day of the waxing moon in the month of Jayeshtha according to the Hindu calendar. Devotees celebrate this festival for ten days – nine days before the main festival day.
Yogesh Tripathi aka Droga Hapu Singh Hapu Ki Ultan from Platoon. Shares, “Ganga Dussehra marks the celebration of the ten sacred Vedic virtues that symbolize the Ganga’s ability to cleanse the ten crimes associated with thoughts, words and actions. As my mother always emphasized, devotees seek solace while pursuing salvation. Being from Uttar Pradesh, I deeply understand the profound importance of the Ganga in human existence and spiritual consciousness. Originating from the snow-capped peaks of the Gangotri in the majestic Himalayas, the river flows majestically, passing through the scorching plains of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar until it merges with the Bay of Bengal. The confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad, known as Prayag, stands as a holy place of unparalleled devotion. Witnessing the magnificent Aarti ceremony with illuminated leaf boats decorated with flames and flowers on the banks of the river, is an amazing experience during the evening time. It is truly a delightful encounter that resonates with the timeless beauty of this sacred river.”
Ganga Dussehra is also known as Gangavatarna, which marks the descent of Goddess Ganga to earth. The festival usually falls a day before Nirjala Ekadashi, but sometimes both fall on the same day.
Vidisha Srivastava aka Anita Bhabhi from Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai, Shares, “Bhaktas seek blessings from the holy river Ganga for good fortune. During my childhood, I happily played near the placid ghats of the Ganga and witnessed the mesmerizing sight of innumerable lamps adorning its flowing waters during the festival. This beautiful ritual symbolizes the attainment of peace and goodness. During this time of the year, people from all over the world gather in Varanasi to participate in the purifying act of bathing in the holy river. In addition, my mother faithfully followed the tenfold tradition. Whether it was offering ten kinds of flowers, fragrances, lamps, offerings, betel leaves or fruits, he emphasized the significance of the number ten. While taking a dip in the Ganges, it was customary to perform ten holy ablutions. In our family, this auspicious day holds great significance for acquiring valuables, buying a new vehicle, or entering a new house. I wish to be present in the city this year, to relive these lovely experiences. ”
Dusri Maa at 8:00 PM, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan at 10:00 PM and Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai at 10:30 PM, air every Monday to Friday only on &TV.