Ganga is observed as a divine river in not only India but also amongst the most sacred rivers across the world. It is worshiped like a Goddess and it is believed that it was the tenth day of Jyeshta bright half when she was descended on earth from heaven. The day is celebrated as Ganga Dussehra. On this day, after a lot of hard work and penance of Bhagirath, a Suryavanshi king, got success to bring down the river to earth. Since then, every year the occasion of Ganga Dussehra is celebrated by performing several rites and rituals of Ganga pooja to commemorate her.
There are ten biggest sins according to Hindy Mythology : three are organic, four verbal and other three are mental.
Organic means sins conducted by heavenly body and these are, 1. Fetch anything from others forcibly, 2. Violence, 3. Contact with other woman. Among four types of verbal sins are, 1. Speak harsh words, 2. Tell a lie, 3. Complain for others and 4. Irrelevant rambling are included. To occupy others' assets, desire to harm others and discussions on irrelevant topics are considered as the top most mental sins.
As far as possible one should avoid involving in all these activities as these are considered as the biggest sins in our mythology but still if occur mistakenly then can demolish by just take a holy dip and perform pooja in Ganga on Ganga Dussehra.
How is Ganga Dussehra Celebrated?
Ganga Dussehra is a festival of faith and devotion. As per the scriptures sacred bath in the river and donations have great significance on this day. The first ten days of the month Jyeshth are dedicated to honour the river Ganges. It is believed that if one offers prayers on this day, one attains salvation from ten sins. This is an important bathing day. On this people visit Allahabad, Garhmukteshwar, Haridwar, Rishikesh or Varanasi to take a holy dip. If the devotes cannot make it to the banks of the Ganga many will use water from the Ganga that is kept at home to bathe. In the evening thousands of leaf boats loaded with flames, flowers, and sweets are offered to the river and the devotees take part in the Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat Huge fairs are organised in different parts of the country. Mela of Himachal and fair named Patang Utsav of Mathura are the major centre of attraction along with a big mela in Haridwar which is held from this day until the full moon.