Festivals in India


Goddess Ganga incarnated herself as a mighty river for the welfare of mankind. Know more about Devi Ganga in this article.


Ganga

Unique Attributes : Purity, divinity, holiness
Other Names : Jahnavi, Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Padma, Mandakini, Vishnupadi
Source / Origin : Gaumukh - Gangotri glacier in Uttarakhnad.
Major Cities : Varanasi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Kanpur, Patna
Vahan (Mount) : Magara (crocodile)

The most sacred of the rivers for Hindus - Ganges, it was the goddess Ganga which incarnated itself in the form of a river for the welfare of mankind. It is the Gangajal - the holiest of water which is used in all the Pujas of Hindus and is believed to wash away the sins of mortal men. The mighty river is about 2,510 km in length and flows through many cities of India and Bangladesh. In Hindu belief Goddess Ganga was a celestial being and descended on Earth on the request of the great king Bhagirath to relieve his ancestors and find them a place in heaven.

Pilgrims from far and wide come to the cities in which the holy river Ganges flows to wash away their sins. Among the Hindus even the ashes after burning the body of a devout Hindu are submerged in the sacred river so that the one who has left us can find a place in heaven. Goddess Ganga is mostly represented in Hindu scripture riding on her mount the magara (crocodile) and is dressed in white which symbolizes her purity and celestial charisma. This is also a reflection of her power of assimilation and all pervasiveness.

The source of origin of River Ganges is Gaumukh - the Gangotri Glacier in the state of Uttarakhand. In Hindu belief however the ultimate point of origin of the holy river is from the hair of Lord Shiva which makes it even more sacred. At the riverbank everyday Arti is held in praise of the Goddess who washes away everybody's sins. Haridwar, Rishikesh, Allahabad and Banaras are the principal cities where people accumulate in large numbers to witness Ganga Arti.

The visitors at the Ganga riverbank are not just Indians but people across the globe come here to get the divine spiritual experience. In fact the largest meeting of Hindus is at the Kumbha Mela at Prayag in Allahabad where nearly 70 million people bathe in the holy river to wash away their sins and seek the blessings of the divine river goddess. The mysticism associated with Ganges River Goddess is ever alluring and ethereal attracting many people to its fold.















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