Devotees took holy dip in the river Ganga on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra in the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. Announcements were being made at the Ghat for people to adhere to Covid protocols. Ganga Dussehra, which is celebrated on the tenth day (Dashami) of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month Jyeshtha, also marks the day when Goddess Ganga is believed to have descended from the heavens to Earth.
"Ganga Dussehra is important because it is said that Ganga maa comes to meet her devotees. Therefore today is significant. It is said that on this occasion people should take 10 dips in the holy Ganga River and donate 10 things. This is Prayagraj where people daily come to take a dip in the Ganga but the significance of taking a bath in the river and offering prayers today is different from other days," a devotee told ANI.
A local priest said, "Today's auspicious occasion of Ganga Dussehra is important because on this day Ganga ma appeared on the Earth. Today those who take a bath in the Ganga River are able to wash away all their sins."