“G” in #AtoZChallenge
Ganga or Ganges River Basin is one of the largest living river systems in the world, the main stem of the river flows through 5 states of India however the entire catchment provides water to 11 states.
Ganga is the sacred river of India. Ganga originated from the Gangotri Glacier, which is located in the western Himalayas. This major river of India flows into the eastward directions and empties into the Bay of Bengal.
The water from Ganga is considered very holy in Hindu belief. Anyone who visits can be found to collect the water from here and bring it back to home only to distribute to other friends and relatives. Also, drops of water from this river will be dropped in the mouth of the dead before being cremated.
The epic Mahabharata starts from Ganga river. Yes, The king of Bharata, Santanu, was attracted by a lady and want to marry her. She laid a condition that he should never probe or question her on anything she does.
Due to the craze in the beauty of the lady, he accepts to the condition, married her only to find that she started killing each of their newborn kids by throwing into the river Ganga.
But to keep up with the promise he made, the king could not question her. This continued, and she killed all the 7 kids one after the other. When she was about to kill the 8th one too, the king could not take it anymore. And started shouting her for what she was doing.
That is when the lady reveals that she is none other than the Maa Ganga, and adds why she did what she did. And the last son that lived is called the Beeshmar and the whole Mahabharata epic revolves from birth to death of this great Son.
Even today, it is considered that a holy dip in the Maa Ganga cleans you from all sins you made.
One of the very famous gatherings around here is the Maha Kumbh Mela that happens every 12 years. In 2013, 120 million pilgrims attended the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad. This year this was expected to go as high as 150 million.
One of the most sacred sites in India is alongside the Ganges at Varanasi. Here, in one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, there is the Hindu Golden Temple, dedicated to Shiva.
Every day in the evening, Ganga aarti is performed by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh ghat. Ganga aarti is the magnificent event during evening in the Varanasi that one must not miss to see it.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter H? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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