The Ganges River

The Ganges River

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The Ganges is Indiaa€™s holiest river. But to millions of devoted Hindus, it is much more than just a river. It is also a goddess and a benevolent mothera€”Ganga Ma or Great Mother. To her devotees, bathing in a€œMother Gangaa€ washes away all sin, drinking her waters heals all illness, and dying on her banks ensures deliverance from the cycle of death and rebirth. Or so they believe. Ganga Ma begins at the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas. Her waters plunge spectacularly out of the lofty mountains, meander lazily across Indiaa€™s broad Gangetic Plain into Bangladesh, and finally spread out fana€“like with a thousand watery fingers to empty into the Bay of Bengal. For more than 1, 500 miles, the watery personification of the goddess Ganga sustains life in one of the worlda€™s most densely populated regions, and charts a spiritual course to eternal contentment for most of Indiaa€™s Hindu masses.Polluted Ganges To the millions of Indians who live by the Ganges, it is the most sacred river in the world. It gives them life, and they ... It does so by focusing on long-term solutions to problems stemming from ongoing abuses that degrade the rivera#39;s waters. Scientists and ... and adding 30, 000 alligator snapping turtles to the river near Varanasi to feed on and eliminate the rotting corpses in the river.

Title:The Ganges River
Author:Earle Rice
Publisher:Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc. - 2012-09-30


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