When you think of the river Ganga, you cannot stop thinking of The Himalayas. What is this connect which has been an each for centuries?
The dripping waters of the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh, part of the majestic Himalayan range is what gives birth to the pure water of the Ganga river. It flows into various cities, beginning from a point where the Himalayan rivers Alakananda, Dhauliganga, Mandakini, Pindar, and Bhagirathi join.
Among the various versions and appearances of the river Ganga in Hindu mythology, one such tale narrated that Goddess Ganga is the daughter to Mena and Himavat, her father being the personification of the great Himalayan mountains.
The Himalayan peaks of India not only produce the Ganga water, but these high mountains are a source of life for many other rivers flowing through India. These peaks are parent to one of the most sacred and magnificent rivers of India, replenishing the entire country with fresh water.
The Ganges is also believed to be a ‘tirtha’, which is the meeting point between heaven and earth. Thus, many worshipers pour the ashes of the demised into these holy water in hopes that they attain salvation. Many prayers and rituals are performed at the banks of this great water body daily.
Even the great Kumbha Mela festival takes place at the banks of the Ganga river wherein thousands of people come to dip in the holy water praying for offering their prayers . The water of Ganga is even given as an offering and is called ‘Ganga jal’.
Though even the divine sacredness of these waters cannot stop pollution from invading it. The current condition of Ganges is rapidly deteriorating due to which many operations have been launched, the most recent one being the National mission for clean Ganga launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with goals set to be completed by the end of 2018!