The river that is a gift from the God above, Ganges has seen many dynasty’s rise and fall. It has been carrying the joys and cries of people for thousands and thousands of years. It’s not just a river, but a faith healer, a companion, a friend and a God from the time one is born to the time we transcend from one world to another.
It’s sacred to Hindus and not without reason. Here are 22 points that elaborate why Ganges is our Goddess and will always be:
Lord Vishnu in one of his incarnations, extended his feet to measure the universe, and pierced a hole into the cover of the earth with his toe. Through this opening, flowed divine waters, later known as the River Ganges.
Gangotri Glacier, the origin of Ganges in Physical plane. nationalgeographic
Lord Vishnu had Lotus feet, covered with reddish saffron, and when Ganges washed his feet, it turned the color pink.
When King Sagara’s 60 thousand sons were charred to death by a curse from sage Kapila, one of his descendants, Bhagiratha vowed to bring down Ganges in order to cleanse their souls.
Absolution was now possible but who would hold the mighty River Ganges falling off the heavens on earth was the next question.
Bhagiratha meditated upon Lord Shiva and He obliged. Lord Shiva was ready to bear the force of River Ganges on his head.
It is referred to as Jahnavi; the Ganges River dolphins have also been mentioned.
The Bhagirathi River, a source river of the Ganges. nationalgeographic
While Parvati created Ganesha out of her bodily impurities, it was only after the immersion of Ganesha in the waters of Ganges, that he was endowed with life.
Scientifically, this is termed as anti-putrefaction. It was British physician C.E Nelson, who first noticed that water from Ganges, even when taken from the dirtiest parts of Hooghly, remained fresh throughout their journey to England.
Normally, water putrefies over a period of time due to lack of oxygen, but this did not hold true of Ganges water.
Ganges River at Sunset healingearth
In 1896, a British physician, E. Hanbury Hankin tested the waters of Ganges and found that bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, which is responsible for Cholera, when out into the water of Ganges dies in less than 3 hours. In normal course of time, it take over 48 hours to die.
It was in 1927, when French Biologist discovered that bodies floating in Ganges, even of diseased people, would have no germs on them.
Externally, their bodies become immune to disease, and internally, they develop a devotional attitude.
It is believed that any person who takes a bath that confluence of Ganges and Yamuna in the month of Magha, it is equivalent to sacrificing thousands of cows in charity.
These are unexplained sounds that resemble a sonic boom and have been reported from many delta waterfronts around the world. In Indian they’ve only been heard in Ganges.