Legend of Ganga Dussehra
According to the legend, once Maharaj Sagar performed an extensive yagya. His grandson Anshuman took over the responsibility of protecting that yagya. Indra kidnapped Sagar’s sacrificial horse. This was an obstacle to the sacrifice. As a result, Anshuman started searching for the horse by taking sixty thousand subjects of Sagar. Searched the whole earth but the horse was not found. Then the earth was dug to find the horse in Hades. On excavation, he saw that the Lord is doing penance in the form of ‘Maharishi Kapil’. Maharaj Sagar’s horse is grazing near him. Seeing them, the people started shouting ‘thieves and thieves’.
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Maharishi Kapil’s Samadhi was broken. As soon as the Maharishi opened his fiery eyes, all the subjects were consumed. For the salvation of these dead people, Bhagirath, the son of Maharaj Dilip, did severe penance. Pleased with Bhagirath’s tenacity, Brahma asked him to ask for a boon, then Bhagirath demanded ‘Ganga’.
On this Brahma said- ‘Rajan! Do you want Ganga to descend on earth? But have you asked Prithvi if it will be able to handle the weight and velocity of the Ganges? My view is that only Lord Shankar has the power to handle the velocity of the Ganges. Therefore, it would be appropriate to obtain the grace of Lord Shiva to handle the weight and velocity of the Ganges.
Maharaj Bhagirath did the same. Pleased with his severe penance, Brahma released the Ganges stream from his Kamandal. Then Lord Shiva wrapped the Ganges stream in his hair and tied his hair. The result was that the Ganga could not find a way out of the locks.
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Now Maharaj Bhagirath was worried even more. He once again started severe penance in the worship of Lord Shiva. Then somewhere Lord Shiva gave a boon to free the Ganges stream. In this way, Gangaji, after being freed from Shiva’s hair, turned towards the field after chanting in the valleys of the Himalayas.
Thus Bhagirath became very fortunate by choosing Ganga on earth. He obliged the public with his virtue. The stream of the Ganges that flows for ages tells the story of the painful sadhana of Maharaj Bhagirath. Ganga not only gives life to living beings, it also gives liberation. For this reason, the glory of Ganga is sung in India and abroad. (Disclaimer: The information and information given in this article is based on assumptions. Hindi news18 does not confirm the same. Please contact the concerned expert before implementing them.)