In Hindu mythology, the revered Ganges has extreme significance. From the mythological point of view, this sacred river is known as Goddess Ganga. The followers of the Hindu religion also call it as "Mother Ganges". Locally, they use the term "Ganga Maa" to refer to the sacred river. The river Ganga is adored as a "Goddess". Ganga is one of the most popular rivers in the world. The river is also very famous for its unequal length and width all over the globe. In Purans, it is mentioned that not only the touch even the name of the river purifies the souls of the Hindus.
The water of the sacred river Ganga is known as "Ganga Jal".
This water is considered as the most pure water on the earth. River
Ganga came into existence from Gaumukha, sited in the state of
Uttaranchal. The site also has rich popularity among the worshippers in
India. The source of the Ganga River flows touching the various
pilgrimage destination like Kedarnathji, Haridwar, Allahabad and
Varanasi. All these are the utmost sites of worship where people from
all over India approach here. Having covered a distance through the
Sundarbans delta of 2,510 kilo meter the river meets in Bay of Bengal.
Ganga is shown as a beautiful woman representing half of the body of a
fish in stead of legs and half of the woman. Ganga use to ride on the
water monster named Makara. Ganga is illustrated in many Hindu
scriptures as Purans, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Rig-Veda. The birth of
Ganga is distinctively described in Hindu scriptures. During the
self-abasement of Jahnu he drank the whole water and ordered her to come
out of his ears. Mahabharata depicts Ganges as wife of Shantanu and
mother of Bheesma.
Haridwar, Kedarnath and Badrinath are the major sites constitute of
different shrines and temples for pilgrimage. Everyday followers of the
Hindu religion have bath in the sacred water. When they are sick,
pilgrims also drink the holy water to get blessed.