Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), June 14 : People in Varanasi took a holy dip in river Ganges on Tuesday to celebrate the festival ‘Ganga Dussehra’, which marks the descent of river Ganges on the earth.  The priests performed rituals on the banks of the river and chanted hymns as the devotees offered prayers and sought blessings.   Also Read: Report on medicinal benefits of Ganga after monsoon: Uma Bharti Also Read - Crime Against Women: Varanasi Girls Create 'Smart Knife' Which Alerts Police & Family in an Emergency

“Today is Ganga Dussehra and everyone comes to take a dip in the holy river. We pray for the wellbeing of the family,” said a devotee Savitri Singh.  “On this day Maa Ganga came down to earth from heaven and gave salvation to the 60,000 ancestors of Raja Bhagirath. The divine occasion washes away sins of many lives,” said a priest.  Every year the occasion of ‘Ganga Dussehra’ is celebrated by performing several rites and rituals of Ganga pooja to commemorate her. Also Read - 'Dom Raja' of Kashi, Jagdish Chaudhary, Dies at 55; PM Modi, CM Yogi Express Grief

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