Thanks to my friend Rebecca’s recent post on The River Goddess, I remember I did some exploration on the Ganges River a year ago. I was helping my sister in organizing her pictures in Shutterfly, and could not resist from going into an exploratory mood…to find out the importance of the Ganges River to the Indians. I found a few articles which are very helpful to me.
Why is the River Ganga so important to the Indians?
The Ganga is considered o be a goddess and one of the consorts of Lord Siva. In the epic Mahabharata, Ganga was the mother of great hero Bhishma Pitama. After the Saraswati river dried up, the cradle of the Indian civilization shifted to the Gangetic plain. A river with the length of 1557 miles affects the lives of millions of people.Since people who lived o nits banks, especially agriculturists were so dependent on it, they worshipped it and sought its blessings. According to mythology, she was brought down from heaven by the King Bhagiratha in order to purify the ashes of his ancestors.
Source: Q and A Indian Civilization, by Sanjeev Nayyarhttp://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Questions-and-Answers-Indian-Civilization.aspx?Status=0#75