This year the festival will be celebrated across the country on 24th May 2018.
This 10 - day celebration takes place to commemorate Ganga's descent to earth, known as Gangavataran. The sacred river to Hindus 'Ganga' holds a special place for Indians. Ganga is considered as the most holy and sacred rivers in India. This river is worshiped, with a belief that Goddess Ganga can wash away all sins of mankind.
The name Dussehra comes from 'Dus' which means ten and 'Hara' which means defeat. Thus, it is believed that praying on this day can help you attain salvation from 10 sins.
As the evening arrives, devotees start offering leaf boats with flames, sweet and flowers to the river. Ganga Dussehra festival is a day of devotion and faith. Big fairs are also arranged in different parts of the country.
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