“Ganga”, just a river like any other river in the world but then what makes this river so special that we put our faith into it worshiping our hearts out?.
This beautiful river, originating from “Gangotri” Glacier in the glorious Himalayas and gently blending with the Bay of Bengal, flows through 5 states, around 20 cities and 2 countries, unbelievable! Right?.
Crowned as “The Largest river in India” and “Third largest river in the world”, Ganga is the Lifeline of millions of Indians.
Let’s see a few aspects of our “Precious Ganga” and decide if it’s adding to the glory or putting a dent in it.
Survival & Economic Activities
Ganga is a perennial river, means it flows around the year. There are only 10 rivers in India that flow around the year. It’s a fact that without Monsoons & Rivers, India would soon be a desert.
Ganga provides water to about 40% of India’s population across 11 states, serving an estimated population of 500 million (50 crore) or more, more than any other river in the world.
Ganga gets the highest attention, because it passes through the centre of the most dense plains in India. These plains formed the core of the Indian civilization with Ganga at the center thus making Ganga “The mother of goodness”.
All the life and life supporting activities directly or indirectly somehow depend on the rivers. In spotlight being the Agriculture, Industry & Electricity generation.
This beautiful river, given the place of “Goddess” in Indian mythology has also become a matter of dispute when comes to sharing it’s life sustaining water. North India is hugely indebted to the tributaries of river Ganga & river Indus for its survival.
Why the Holy dip?
“Ganga”symbolizes“Knowledge”. Hence it is considered auspicious to take dip in Ganga. However this is more linked to mind than just body.
Ganga is a river that is always flowing regardless of climate. It teaches mankind to move on in life no matter what because if the water becomes stagnant it will breed insects and soon become home for life threatening vectors.
Same goes for the mind, if you sit idle, this mind will be home to catastrophe leading to sluggishness and negativity with hopeless emotions flooding throughout . So it is clear that Ganga teaches us to keep moving forward regardless of circumstances, and emotions.
What is Kumbh Mela ?
Sharing from the words of Global Humanitarian & Spiritual Leader, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about the Kumbh Mela,
“Ganga is a symbol of knowledge and Yamuna symbolizes love. “Prayag” (where Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet) is the unity of love, knowledge and wisdom. When love meets wisdom, celebration happens.
“Kumbh“ means coming together of saints, scholars and katha vachaks(story tellers). They participate in discussion and meditation with the sankalpa(positive intention) of universal benefit. People needn’t go to all the different places.
They can all come to one place. The concept of “Mela” started in India. Nowadays we call it expo. There are expos for motors, books, clothes, to present all the products in one place much like “MELA’S of the modern world”
On similar concept all the saints used to congregate in one place once in 12 years. In those days transport facilities were not so extensive and traveling would take so much time. Kumbh mela provided an opportunity for people to converse and exchange knowledge with each other.
By bathing in the Ganges the “Chitta” (consciousness) becomes joyful. Your consciousness gets purified. It is believed that the“Sins” are washed away. It’s so beautiful just to imagine. As per the ancient beliefs these sins are so superficial that just by a dip in the holy Ganges they can be washed away proving that the ever-pure consciousness can never be tainted .”
The Ganga Today
But the sad truth is that wherever we humans go, we tend to exploit nature. It is disheartening to know that our beautiful Ganga has become “the highly polluted river”, with Population, Industrialization, Commercialization, and not to mention the gross incompetence of government administration taking a toll on nature that is guarding us from the harshness of life.
Every section of society should come up to make this Goddess of a river better! There a hope that comes along with the efforts of certain NGOs working to see this river flourish in its utmost glory once again just like God made it.
“It’s never too late to make a change. Wake up and you will see the sun is shining “just for you” Isn’t that just amazing !
Join hands and here begins the journey much like that of our beautiful Ganga” .
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