Ganga Ghats in Varanasi remained deserted on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra on Monday, it was reported. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the gathering of devotees remains restricted to prevent its spread. However, it may be noted that the reopening of religious places has been permitted with effect from June 8.
The occasion is a sacred one for many devotees. On this auspicious day, they are known to take a dip in the Ganga and perform the aarti to invoke blessings. Diyas are also lit and in some places, kite flying is also organised on this day.
However, this year, there have been no activities or celebrations planned to observe the occasion of Ganga Dussehra, which is usually celebrated in Varanasi with much fervour.
Ganga Dussehra is observed this year on June 1 as per the Hindu calendar. It marks the ‘descent of Ganga’ and celebrations are conducted according to the beliefs of devotees spanning states such as Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, among others.