The festival Ganga Dussehra is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and it is believed that Ganga descended to Earth on this day. She descended to accomplish her mission to free the cursed souls of Bhagirath’s ancestors. As per the tradition, before coming to Earth, Goddess Ganga was living in the kamandal of Lord Brahma. When Ganga descended to Earth, she also brought the purity of heaven to Earth.
River Ganga is a gift to humanity due to the great penance of Bhagirath, after which she is also known as Bhagirathi. Bhagirath was the descendant of the Sagara dynasty. He prayed for the Ganga river to descend on the earth and bring life. However, it turned out to be a destructive force. Therefore, Lord Brahma asked Lord Shiva to hold in the locks
Every year, crores of Hindus in India celebrate Ganga Dussehra which is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga descended from heaven to dwell in the waters of the Ganges River to protect, purify and bring to heaven those who touch it. Ganga Dussehra, which is also known as Gangavataran, is celebrated every year for 10 days.