Ganga Dussehra is celebrated every year, this year it will be celebrated on May 24
Ganga Dussehra festival is celebrated to mark the time that the holy Ganges River descended to earth.
A large number of pilgrims congregate alongside the holy river, to bathe in it and worship.
Every evening, as dusk descends, it’s time for the Ganga Aarti to be performed at the three holy cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi in India.
It’s a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual.
The festival goes on for 10 days and on the 10th day, Ganga Dussehra is celebrated.
According to belief, if a devotee takes a dip on all 10 days leading up to Ganga Dussehra then the person would be rid of 10 types of sins.
Haridwar Ganga Aarti
The Haridwar Ganga Aarti is held at Hari-ki-Pauri ghat (means “Feet of the Lord”).
The Ganga Aarti at Haridwar is the most interactive of the three Ganga Aartis and have the deepest appeal to pilgrims
Rishikesh Ganga Aarti
Rishikesh Ganga Aarti is held on the banks of the river at Parmarth Niketan ashram.
It’s a much more intimate and relaxed affair than the aartisat Haridwar and Varanasi
Varanasi Ganga Aarti
The Varanasi Ganga Aarti takes place every sunset at holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
It differs from the aartis at Haridwar and Rishikesh in that it’s a highly choreographed ceremony.