Ganga Saptami Rituals, Story & Significance

Ganga Saptami is the day where every Hindu devotee worships Goddess Ganga. Ganga Saptami is celebrated as the Goddess’s birthday because it is believed that Goddess Ganga took rebirth on planet Earth. Whether you call it ‘Ganga Jayanti’ or ‘Ganga Pujan. 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.


Ganga Saptami 2021 Dates

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. In the year 2021 Ganga Saptami will be celebrated on Tuesday, 18 May.

Saptami Tithi starts : 12:30 - 18 May 2021

Saptami Tithi Ends: 12:55 - 19 May 2021

Rituals

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 make sure to do it in ghats. Reciting the mantra by worshipping Ganga Maa is propitious on this day.

Stories

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. 

Significance 

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.

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