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The Holy Ganges Flows Into Our Houses

October 17, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 25   Category: Others    Views: 744

Diwali is the day on which the Hindus dip in the Ganges River and pray for absolution of sins. It is the important ritual in every Hindu house. But how can one reach the Ganges for their bath?


Will the Holy Ganges Flow Into Our houses?

Diwali is the day on which the Hindus dip in the Ganges River and pray for absolution of sins. It is the important ritual in every Hindu house. But how can one reach the Ganges for their bath?

"I should finish my Holy Dip in the Holy Ganges before the eclipse ends," murmuring these words to himself the village cobbler Adarsh was rushing to the holy river.

He was the cobbler of the village Aranyapur which was five miles away from the banks of the River Ganges. He was in a hurry to go as the people on their way to the Ganges may need him at any time. He was very faithful to Goddess Ganges and used to do all rituals to worship her at home. On important occasions like this he would go to the river and make the holy dip.

"Today is Diwali, the holy day to dip in the Holy River and get absolution from all the sins by performing the rituals on the banks of Holy Ganges,"

It is Diwali. It is a holy festival of dipping in the Holy Ganges and washing away our sins. Before the eclipse ends the Hindus from all over India gather on the banks of the River Ganges for the holy dip.

Even today the first question people used to ask one another on this auspicious day is, "Have you finished your Holy Ganges Bath?" It has become the custom all over world even today. Even though The Ganges is far away from their place the Hindus believe that the Goddess Ganges will flow into their house if they perform the rituals perfectly worshipping the Goddess in true devotion.

"Have you not finished your Ganges Bath yet, Adarsh?" asked Avashya Patta sarcastically.

He was the village priest who performed rituals in the village temple. He was in a hurry to reach the river bank. He was a Brahmin and so he was not interested in walking with a low caste cobbler.

Avashya Patta walked fast.

Suddenly one of his slippers was cut and he could not walk.

"Where shall I go now to repair my slipper?"

The priest was much worried. He had to finish his holy dip before eclipse or he might not be able to perform rituals in the temple. He looked at Adarsh who was also coming behind him.

Adarsh understood what had happened. The priest should finish his holy bath if he should perform rituals in the temple. He volunteered to help him.

"Give it to me, My Lord, I shall mend it quickly," saying this he got the slipper respectfully and turned back to his hut.

Adarsh finished the repair by the time the Brahmin reach his hut.

"Here is your slipper, My Lord," he handed over it to the priest who was standing outside the hut.

"What is your charge?" demanded the priest. "Are you not coming to the river to take the ritual bath?"

"I may not be able to come, My Lord, because people coming to my hut should not be disappointed. It is already dawn," Adarsh was more worried about his duty.

"Here are two betel nuts, my offering to the Goddess, Lord. Will you be kind enough to take them to the River Goddess?" Adarsh requested very devotedly.

With much disgust the priest got the two betel nuts he gave and continued his walk to the river.

The Brahmin reached the river bank and saying the mantras he performed the rituals. After finishing his rituals and bath, he began his return journey, when he remembered the cobbler's offering.

With great aversion he threw the betel nuts into the river, saying, "Oh Goddess Ganges, take these shameful betel nuts your cobbler devotee has sent to you."

As soon as the betel nuts reached the water, a hand rose above the water and there was a mysterious voice, "Take this and tell my devotee Adarsh that I have gratefully accepted his ardent offering"

What was it?

The priest was very eager to know what was the gift.

It was a golden bangle. The Goddess had given the cobbler a gold bangle!

The priest took the bangle to his own house. He was not ready to part with it. After all who knows about the bangle except himself?

But the priest's wife was very greedy. She demanded to get one more because then only she could wear it. There was a quarrel between them. At last he decided to sell it.

He hoped he would get a good amount if he sold it in the palace. When the queen saw the bangle, she was much attracted and she demanded that there should be another bangle with the priest. The priest got frightened that if he could not produce another bangle he would be in great trouble.

Since he could not find any other way, he went to the cobbler, told whatever happened, asked his pardon and requested him to come to the river pray the Goddess for another bangle or he would be punished.

"My Lord, don't worry. Whenever I begin my work I pray the Goddess devotedly and I am sure she would know my situation."

He took two more betel nuts from somewhere.

"Work is worship for me. Here in this leather bag I keep water for my work. Wherever there is water I think of Goddess Ganges who is residing in that water and I am sure she will accept our prayer even if we worship her in this water."

He prayed with faith and relieved the priest from his trouble.

That is why on Diwali day when the Hindus perform the rituals and bath, they can find Goddess Ganges, the patroness of prosperity, even in the water that flows in their houses!



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