1) The holy river
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“I am the shark among the fishes, and the Ganges among the rivers” says Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. Ganga is India’s most sacred river. The last three Vedas (Yajur, Sama & Atharva) gave much importance to Ganga. Apart from its religious significance, it is also the lifeline to millions of Indians who depend on its fertile plains.
2) Unexplained sounds in Ganges Delta
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Mistpouffers or Barisal Guns are unexplained sounds that resemble the sonic boom of a supersonic jet. In India especially, they have been heard in the delta regions of Ganga, what’s even more mysterious is the fact that they have been reported from times before any airplanes were invented.
3) Sheer size of Ganga
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The Ganges Delta is the world’s largest delta. It covers an area of about 59,000 km. Only the Amazon and Congo rivers have a greater average water discharge than the combined outflow of Ganges-Brahmaputra river system.
4) Anti-putrefaction properties of Ganga
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The water of Ganga though considered one of the dirtiest, does not tend to putrefy over longer periods of storage. In fact, British Physician, C.E. Nelson, observed that the Ganga water taken from Hooghly river (one of its dirtiest mouths) by returning ships to England remained fresh throughout the voyage.
5) Ganga in Mythology
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The name of Ganga appears only twice in the Rig Veda, and it was only later that Ganga assumed great importance as a goddess. According to the ‘Vishnu Purana,’ she was created from the sweat of Lord Vishnu’s feet. Hence, she is also called ‘Vishmupadi’. The Ganges often appears in Hindu mythology as a background location, for example, as a place where the famous figures Atri and Death performed various acts of asceticism. In the Siva Purana the Ganges carries the seed of Shiva which, when carried to a clump of reeds, became Skanda (Karttikeya).
1) The holy river