Ganga Saptami

02 May 2017

Ganga Saptami, also known as Ganga Jayanti, is the reincarnation day of Goddess Ganga and is considered one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus. Ganga Saptami is observed on the ‘Saptami’, the 7th day of the bright moon period during the first Hindu month Vaishakha. On Ganga Saptami, devotees take a holy dip in the water, offer special prayer to the pious river and watch Ganga Aarti from the two most famous banks of the Ganges- Triveni Sangam in Allahabad and Rishikesh. Ganga Saptami is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal in the North Indian states.

River Ganga is considered to be the most sacred and holy of all rivers in India. It is believed that taking a bath in river Ganga gives a person freedom from all sins. Many devotees wish for a cremation near river Ganga as they consider the place as a path of salvation. 'Ganga Shobha Yatra' is organized at various ghats on Ganga Saptami. Since the water of Ganga is considered holy and equivalent to Amrit to all the Hindus, devotees perform 'Deepadan', a ritual to commemorate Goddess Ganga as a mother to attract fortune, health, and longevity, and family life on the auspicious occasion of Ganga Saptami.

Ganga Saptami 2017 Date: May 2, 2017, Tuesday
Ganga Saptami 2017 Auspicious Muhurat : 11:19 am to 13:51 pm

Astrological Significance of Ganga Saptami:
Those of you who are under the influence of ‘Mangal’ dosha, should worship Goddess Ganga on Ganga Saptami, says Ganesha, as taking a holy dip and performing puja on Ganga Saptami, will strengthen your Mars. You should also chant Gayatri mantra as a remedy for weak Mars.

Ganga Saptami Rituals:
  • Wake up early before the sunrise and take a dip in the holy water.
  • Pray to Goddess Ganga along with Lord Shiva. While worshipping Ganga, it is auspicious to donate all things in the count of ten. For example, you should donate the following things. 10 dips 10 flowers 10 lamps 10 betel leaves 10 types and pieces of fruits
  • Throw garland on the water and perform the famous ‘Ganga Aarti’.
  • Donate oil lamps to the temple and float oil lamps on the Ganges.
  • Chant ‘Ganga Sahasranam Strotram’ and ‘Gayatri Mantra’
  • Donate foods to ten Brahmins or priests.
If you are unable to go to the banks of the Ganges, you can perform the rituals at your Puja room. Ganga Saptami Mantra: Chant Gayatri Mantra:
Om bhur bhuvaḥ swaḥa
Tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ
Bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
Dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt

Benefits of Observing Ganga Saptami:
  • It is believed that by taking a pious bath in the Ganges, devotees will remove all their sins.
  • Many Hindus wish to get cremated near the river as they think it will lead them to the path of salvation.
  • Taking ten dips in the river will bring fame, happiness, and salvation.
  • It is believed that donating foods to priests and Brahmins will give the devotees mental satisfaction and fills their life with happiness and peace. You will earn the eternal joy of giving and serving people on this auspicious day.

Ganesha wishes you a Happy Ganga Saptami.
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