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Ganga – The Most auspicious river in Hindu mythology

Ganges is the third largest river in the world by discharge

India, May 2 (Uitv) - The Ganges, also Ganga is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through the nations of India and Bangladesh.

The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal.

The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism.

The Ganges was ranked as the fifth most polluted river of the world in 2007. Pollution threatens not only humans, but also more than 140 fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.

In late May or early June every year, Hindus celebrate the avatarana or descent of the Ganges from heaven to earth.

The ganges is considered a tirtha which means a crossing point between heaven and earth.

 

The day of the celebration, Ganga Dashahara, the dashami (tenth day) of the waxing moon of the Hindu calendar month Jyestha, brings throngs of bathers to the banks of the river.

A soak in the Ganges on this day is said to rid the bather of ten sins or alternatively, ten lifetimes of sins.

Hindus consider the waters of the Ganges to be both pure and purifying. Nothing reclaims order from disorder more than the waters of the Ganges.

Moving water, as in a river, is considered purifying in Hindu culture because it is thought to both absorb impurities and take them away.

The Ganga and its tributaries, especially the Yamuna, have been used for irrigation since ancient times. Dams and canals were common in gangetic plain by fourth century BCE.

The Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin has a huge hydroelectric potential, on the order of 200,000 to 250,000 megawatts, nearly half of which could be easily harnessed.

 

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