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|On the seventh day(Saptami Tithi) of Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha month, Ganga reached Lord Shiva Shankar's jata from heaven. Hence this day is celebrated as Ganga Saptami.|
|Also called||Ganga Jayanti, Ganga Pujan|
|Tithi||Vaisakha Shukla Paksha Saptami|
|Observances||Ganga Snan, Vrat, Puja, and Ganga Aarti|
|2021 Date||Tuesday, 18 May|
|2022 Date||Sunday, 08 May|
Goddess Ganga has special importance in Hinduism. She is known as Papanashini and Moksapradayini. On the seventh day(Saptami Tithi) of Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha month, Ganga reached Lord Shiva Shankar's jata from heaven. Hence this day is celebrated as Ganga Saptami. It is also known as Ganga Jayanti or Ganga Pujan. On Jyeshta Shukla Dashami, Ganga Ji descended on the earth, this auspicious day is known as Ganga Dussehra.
Taking a bath in the Ganges river on the day of Ganga Saptami eradicates all kinds of sins and attains salvation. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm where pilgrimage is placed where the Ganga River flows. To worship Goddess Ganga on a special day, there are certain rituals to be followed by the devotees. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, while bathing at home, add few drops of Gangajal to your bathwater.
In the northern states of India, Ganga Jayanti is celebrated with immense devotion and prayers, and experiencing it is a great pleasure of a lifetime for Hindu devotees. Ganga Saptami observes on Vaisakha Shukla Paksha Saptami. In 2021, it falls on Tuesday, 18 May.
Saptami Tithi starts : 12:30 - 18 May 2021
Saptami Tithi Ends: 12:55 - 19 May 2021
It is widely believed that if you take a dip in Ganga, your past sins will completely wash away. So, don’t forget to take a dip in Ganga while worshiping on a special occasion. Moreover, the celebration of Goddess Ganga is done at a sacred place where the river Ganga and its tributaries follow. While visiting the Ganga river on Ganga Saptami, remember to worship the goddess as it is considered to be auspicious. Ganga Aarti is essential on this day and makes sure to do it in ghats. Reciting the mantra by worshipping Ganga Maa is propitious on this day.
Katha’s of Goddess Ganga is mesmeric as devotees worship on the Ganga Saptami to gain salvation and happiness. One myth or one tale of Gana is accepted widely that Lord Shiva carried Ganga all throughout places where parts of Ganga deteriorated and fell in all lands and mixed up in the water. This is how the Ganga river was formed. All lords from heaven strived to free the river and this is how Shukla Paksha unblocked the river Ganga on the 7th day of Shukla Paksha. Thus, Ganga took birth again or one can say it as rebirth on the holy river. However, the first birthday of Goddess Durga or Ganga is considered to be on 9 days of Dussehra but Ganga Saptami is another special event where Maa Durga or Ganga took rebirth on another day by unleashing the River. Significantly, these special details are found in the scriptures of Padma Purana, Brahma Purana, and Narada Purana. Did you know that another name of Durga maa or Ganga Maa is Jahnavi? That’s why it is also known as Jahnu Saptami. Wonder why? Well, Ganga Maa was the daughter of Rishi Jahnu.
Many philosophers consider that India can not have existed if it was devoid of the presence of Ganga Maa. Today, the blessed river Ganga or holy river bless and support everyone by not only helping to irrigate or sustaining the life of individuals but also add value to the Hindu religion. That’s why worshipping the Goddess is as important as maintaining the river clean.