The day when one can get all sins washed away Ganga is most sacred Divine River of the world. Its water never gets spoiled even when heavily polluted. It is worshipped like a Goddess sitting on white lotus (detached attachment) and wearing white cloths (purity).

In uttarayana (positive energy six months period) two festivals are linked to removing the negativity in the kind. The first is eight days of holasthak before Holi when we burn our negative thoughts over a period of eight days.

And the second ten days of Ganga Dusshera festival where we prey, meditate and do cleansing of our sins (guilt) acquired over time. The same can be done by internal meditation and self confession or externally by confessing to Mother Ganges (Ganga) before each dip in the river over a period of ten days.

Eight to ten days are required for any guilt or negative thoughts to be washed away. Black sesame consumption in Ayurveda is known to help remove negativity of mind.

As per mythology it was the tenth day of Jyeshta bright half when Ganga descended on earth from heaven. The day is Ganga Dussehra, which is also the day when ages long hard work and penance of Bhagirath, a Suryavanshi king, got successful and fruitful in the form of river Ganga.

The Ganga Dusshera (Dus means ten and Hera means removal) had ten Vedic astrologic calculations. Jyeshtha month, Shukla Paksha (bright half), Tenth date, Wednesday, Hasta Nakshatra, Vyatipata yoga, Gar Anand Yoga and Moon in Virgo and Sun in Tauras.
These ten Yogas signify Ganga’s ability to wash ten sins linked to thoughts (mental), speech (verbal) and actions (organic).

Action linked three sins are: Fetching anything from others forcibly, indulging in violence and having extra marital affairs. Four verbal sins are speaking harsh words, telling a lie, complaining about others and indulging in irrelevant rambling. Mental sins are occupying other’s assets; desiring to harm others and discussions on irrelevant
topics.

As per the ritual on Ganga Dusshera one dips in cold water repeatedly and doing self confession each time. Cold water helps in cooling the mind. Repeated dips help in achieving a para sympathetic state of mind and bringing you closer to your own ‘Judge” who is none other than your consciousness who van pass the order of forgiving you.
The idol of Ganga is considered as Trinetr, quadrilateral, adorned with white clothes and white lotus.

Lord Shiva is the prime deity to be worship during the Ganga Pooja as he is sole owner and holder of river Ganga and by grace of his mercy only sent the river on earth for the welfare of mankind.

Spiritual significance is that to wash the sins (Kama, krodha, lobha, moha and ahankara represented as blue neck or slow poison) one must continuously (matted hairs) with cool mind (moon), through positive thoughts (Ganga) over the sins and wash them.

Ganga Dusshera also reminds us of keeping our rivers clean by not polluting them with feces, urine and gargles. We should not wash clothes of use soap in that area. The ten days of Ganga bath in sun also give enough vitamin D required for the body.

The festival is followed with Nirjala Ekadashi where we try to dehydrate our body so that the water retention which accompanies on full moon can be balanced and we can avoid getting the ill effects of full moon.