Ganga Dussehra, also popularly known as Gangavataran, is a Hindu festival celebrating the avatarana (descent) of the Ganges. As per beliefs, it is said that the holy river Ganges descended from heaven to Earth on this day. Ganga Dussehra takes place on Dashami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of the Hindu calendar month Jyeshtha, which currently falls in the month of May or June in the Gregorian calendar. The festival celebration lasts ten days, including the nine days preceding this holy day. Ganga Dussehra is usually celebrated one day before Nirjala Ekadashi, but in some years, Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi might fall on the same day. This year, Ganga Dussehra 2024 will be celebrated on Sunday, June 16. Let’s learn more about the Ganga Dussehra 2024 date, Ganga Dussehra timings, and the significance of the auspicious day. Ganga Dussehra 2024: Devotees Take Holy Dip at 'Sangam' in Prayagraj of Uttar Pradesh on Occasion of Ganga Dussehra (Watch Video).

Ganga Dussehra 2024 Date

Ganga Dussehra 2024 will be celebrated on Sunday, June 16.

Ganga Dussehra Timings As Per Drik Panchang

  • Dashami Tithi Begins - 02:32 AM on June 16

Dashami Tithi Ends - 04:43 AM on June 17

  • Hasta Nakshatra Begins - 08:14 AM on June 15

Hasta Nakshatra Ends - 11:13 AM on June 16

  • Vyatipata Yoga Begins - 07:08 PM on June 14

Vyatipata Yoga Ends - 08:11 PM on June 15

Ganga Dussehra Significance

Ganga Dussehra is an important day as it is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. As per legends, this day is commemorated as the day when Ganga descended to the Earth to accomplish her mission to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha's ancestors. Before coming to the Earth, Goddess Ganga was residing in Kamandal of Lord Brahma and along with her the Goddess Ganga brought the purity of heaven to the Earth. Ganga Dussehra Wishes & Images: Messages, Wallpapers and To Celebrate the Avatarana of the River Ganges.

On the day of Ganga Dussehra, devotees worship Goddess Ganga and take a bath in the Ganges. Taking a bath in the Ganges and offering charity or Dan-Punya on the day of Ganga Dussehra is considered highly auspicious. It is said that the holy dip in the Ganges on Ganga Dussehra day can help devotees get rid of all types of sins.

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