The most holy river in India starting
from the gangotri Glacier and ending at the Bay of Bengal, is also known for
its wild rapids in Uttranchal. Very popular in season which starts from
October and ends in March. The river is one of the most polular river in
India and abroad as it is held sacred by Hindus and is worshipped in its
personified form as the goddess Ganga.
After travelling 200 km
through the Himalayas, the Ganges emerges at the pilgrimage town of Haridwar
in the Shiwalik Hills. At Haridwar, a dam diverts some of its waters into
the Ganges Canal, which links the Ganges with its main tributary, the
Yamuna. The Ganges which till this point flows in a south-western direction
now begins to flow in a south-eastern direction through the plains northern
According to Hindus the river Ganga (feminine) is sacred.
It is worshipped by Hindus and personified as a goddess, who holds an
important place in the Hindu religion. Hindu belief holds that bathing in
the river on certain occasions causes the forgiveness of sins and helps
attain salvation. Many people believe that this will come from bathing in
Ganga at any time. People travel from distant places to immerse the ashes of
their kin in the waters of the Ganga; this immersion also is believed to
send the ashes to heaven. Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the
banks of the river Ganga, including Haridwar and Kashi. People carry sacred
water from the Ganges that is sealed in copper pots after making the
pilgrimage to Kashi. It is believed that drinking water from the Ganga with
one's last breath will take the soul to heaven.