Introduction of Ganga Ji

Mythologically, it is said that the holy river Ganga flows carrying the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Followers of the Hindu religion call this holy river "Mother Ganges". The river is also very popular as Vishnupadi among Hindu devotees. The river has immense respect not only in India but across the world. Pilgrims all from over the globe visit Haridwar to experience Hindu cultural traditions and the spiritual Arti of Mother Ganges.

The pilgrims, Rishis, Munies, Pandits and the Hindu religion professionals take a holly dip into the blessed river. Worshipers believe that the Mother Ganga washes away the past sins of the followers as per the Hindu scriptures. It is one of the supreme rivers in India. The river flows eastern direction through the Gangetic plain and from the northern side of India it enters into the Bangladesh.

One of the most significant Kumbh Mela happens once after 12 years and the Ardha Kumbh Mela after every 6 years on the bank of the river Ganga at the site of Haridwar and the Chhat puja too. Being so popular and significant its length 2510 kilo meter also compared with the great rivers of Asia or of the world. The River Ganga is mentioned in Rig-Veda, it is the soonest of Hindu scriptures. At the time of Indo-Aryan the Saraswati and the Indus River were the major rivers but later the three Vedas gave more importance to the river Ganges just because of its many references.


Sites of worship on the bank of Ganges
Ganga River is one of the largest rivers in India. Many of the oldest shrines are situated on the bank of Goddess Ganges. In the state of Uttarakhand there are many sites for devotees like Haridwar, Kedarnathji, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Prayag and Varanasi etc. Among these sites Haridwar is the most visited site in India. Ganga flows through this site. People all over the country reach here to take a holy dip in to the water. Rishikesh is called the Gateway to the Himalayas. The most attracted pilgrimage site at Rishikesh is the Lakshman Jhoola. Rishikesh is adventure place too where people come to enjoy river rafting. The Kumbh Mela after 12 years held at Prayag, where meet of the two rivers Ganga and Yamuna.


Popular legends
According to the Hindu legends it is said that the river Ganga came into birth when Bharama washed the feet of the Vishnu. Following the other legend Bhagirata; it is mentioned that through the penance of Bhagiratha Ganga brought to the earth to purify the ashes of his relatives who had been cursed by Kapila Muni. During the self-mortification by Jahnu Ganga interrupted and being angry he drunk the river and permitted the river to come out through his ears that is why Ganga also known as Jahnavi.