This is the video of the Ganga Puja festival held recently at Sri Sri Gaura-Ganga Jagat-pavani Mandir, Devotees came together to hear the glories of Ganga mata & pastimes of Lord Caitanya on the banks of Ganges, offer abhishek & arti and honor prasada.
“The waters of the Ganges are always carrying the flavor of tulasi offered at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, and as such the waters of the Ganges are ever flowing, spreading the glories of Lord Krishna. Wherever the waters of the Ganges are flowing, all will be sanctified, both externally and internally.”
–Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Chapter 7
Srila Prabhupada states in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5.7.1: “The water of the Ganges is called patita-pavani, the deliverer of all sinful living beings. It is a proven fact that a person who regularly bathes in the Ganges is purified both externally and internally. Externally his body becomes immune to all kinds of disease, and internally he gradually develops a devotional attitude toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”
While living in Nadia, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would go to the Ganges everyday to bathe in her waters. Lord Caitanya would love to visit Bengal to meet His two mothers, Mother Saci and Mother Ganga.
Just like a caring mother, Ganga Devi nourishes and protects the tender bhakti creepers of those who take shelter of her by bathing in her sacred waters and worshiping her beloved Gauranga Mahaprabhu. The benefits of bathing in her waters are innumerable and unlimited. In the Caitanya Bhagavata, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself states that anyone who hears the name or glories of Ganga Devi, and anyone who worships, bathes in and drinks her waters will attain love of Godhead.
“O Ganga devi, your waters are the ambrosia of love of Godhead. The mere utterance of your name invokes devotional service to the Supreme Lord. By your mercy, the living entities acquire a taste for chanting Lord Krishna’s holy name.”
Ganga Mata ki Jai!