Ganga Saptami

Ganga Saptami is an auspicious day for Hindus that is celebrated in honor of Goddess Ganga. It is also popularly known as ‘Ganga Jayanti’ or ‘Ganga Pujan’ as according to the Hindu legends it is believed that Goddess Ganga took rebirth on this day. Ganga Saptami is observed on the ‘Saptami (7th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the month of ‘Vaishakha’ or ‘Baisakh’. On Ganga Saptami in most of the Hindu pilgrimage places where River Ganga passes, like Triveni Sangam in Allahabad and Rishikesh, special pujas and prayers are offered by devotees. It is celebrated with full enthusiasm and fervor in the northern states of India.

Ganga Saptami 2021 is on May 19

Significance of Ganga Saptami

The legend and significance of Ganga Saptami are explained in the religious scriptures like ‘Padma Purana’, ‘Brahma Purana’ and ‘Narada Purana’ and to name a few. As per the Hindu mythological beliefs, Goddess Ganga first descended to Earth on the day ‘Ganga Dussehra’. However once Sage Jahnu drank up Ganga’s water and only after being pleaded by Gods and King Bhagiratha, he released Ganga once again on the Vaishakha Shukla Paksha Saptami. From then onwards this day marks the rebirth of Goddess Ganga and is also referred to as ‘Jahnu Saptami’. Goddess Ganga is also named ‘Jahnavi’ for being the daughter of Rishi Jahnu.

River Ganga is held very sacred in India. The celebrations of Ganga Saptami are well-known in places where Ganga and its tributaries flow. The day of Ganga Saptami is promising for Hindu devotees who worship Goddess Ganga and also take a dip in the holy water. It is believed that by taking a pious bath in the Ganga River, all the sins of the person will be washed away. Many Hindus desire to be cremated close to River Ganga as it will lead them to the path of salvation. Furthermore, according to the astrological calculations, individuals who are under the influence of ‘Mangal’ should worship Goddess Ganga on Ganga Saptami.

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