Goddess of Ganga Worship – In Hinduism and especially in India, the worship Of the Goddess Of Ganga is considered the holiest of all rivers. Originating from the Gangotri glacier in the Gaumukh in the Greater Himalayas, the river has enriched the lives of millions of Hindus over the centuries. Ganga is mentioned twice as a goddess in Hindu mythology. Once in the “Visnu Purana”, as “Vishmupadi” as she was created from the sweat of Lord Vishnu and in the mythological tales where she is regarded as the daughter of Parvataraja, Devi Parvati’s sister and Lord Shiva’s consort.
Specifications of worship
The river is worshipped as a deity and respectfully referred to as “Ganga Maiya” or Gangaji”. The water of the holy river is called “Gingival” and is regarded as pious and the most sacred water on earth. The water, therefore, is stored in every Hindu household as it is used in all Hindu ceremonies and festivals. Hindus lie along the Ganga Ghats or banks of the Ganges, lie Gangotri, Allahabad Varanasi, and Haridwar, as these places are considered to be sacred to the Hindus.
Popular beliefs and benefits
In Hindu mythology, the river is worshipped as a goddess. It is believed that she descended from heaven to rinse away the sins of mankind and, therefore, thousands of Hindus dip in the holy water on auspicious occasions like during “Makar Sankranti” to wash away their sin and bestow her special blessings. The bath is believed to facilitate the realization of salvation. Hindus immerse the ashes of their family in the holy waters of Ganga, with popular faith that the ashes travel to heaven.
Popular Ganga festivals
Every summer, the festival Ganga Dashami or Ganga Dusshera is celebrated. The auspicious occasion marks the descent of the river on earth. Devotees dip in the holy river seeking her blessings and worship by lighting a lamp, offers flowers, sandalwood, and milk.
Benefits of Worshipping Lord Ganesha
The worshipping of God leads to destroying of the evils and gives success to his devotees. He is worshipped as the God of knowledge, wisdom, wealth, and education.
Centers of worship
Thousand of devotees, across India, perform the “Ganga aarti” every evening, along the banks of the river like in cities like Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanpur, Patna, Allahabad among other regions. The “Ganga aarti” is an act of respect for the deity seeking her blessings.