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28th Jaistho 1426 (12th June 2019 - Wednesday)
There is an interesting legend behind Ganga Saptami. According to Brahma Purana, Sage Jahnu released the Ganga through his ear. While on her way to kingdom of Bhagiratha, her mighty flow and gushing turbulent water destroyed the Ashram of sage Jahnu. This angered Sage Jahnu and he drank up all of Ganga’s water. Upon this, Bhagiratha and the Gods prayed to Rishi Jahnu to release Ganga so that she could proceed on her mission. Pleased with prayers Jahnu released Ganga from his ear. Ganga Saptami is also known as Jahnu Saptami. On the festival day of Ganga Saptami, People take ritual bath in the river ganges and offer special rituals to the Godess.
Ganga Puja 2019
According to Hindu Mythology Ganga was descended to the Earth on Ganga Dussehra day. When mighty Ganga was descended to the Earth, Lord Shiva took her in His hairs to break Ganga’s descent to avoid Ganga sweeping the whole Earth away. Later Lord Shiva released Ganga so that she can accomplish her mission to purge the cursed souls of Bhagiratha’s ancestors.
On other hand according to legends Jahnu Rishi released Ganga from his ear on Saptami of Vaishakha Shukla Paksha. Because of this legend this day is also known as Jahnu Saptami. Ganga is also known as Jahnavi, the daughter of Rishi Jahnu. Ganga Saptami Festival
Lord Brahma appeared in front of the king and promised him that Goddess Ganga will be sent to earth as he wished. But when she would descend, she would have a strong flow and would destroy the whole earth. Hence Lord Brahma asked the king to please Lord Shiava who could control the river’s force. This time the king did tapasya for Lord Shiva for a year and finally Lord Shiva agreed to help him. He opened his hair and tied Ganga when she was falling from the heaven. This day came to be celebrated as Ganga Saptami Day.
Ganga Saptami should not be confused with Ganga Dussehra when the Goddess Ganga descended on to the Earth.