The Sacred Ganges River

Holy City of Rishikesh on the Ganges
Holy City of Rishikesh on the Ganges

The River Ganges gushes out of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range on earth.
In Rishikesh she is a wide, cool, rapidly flowing and ever gurgling presence.

Ram Jhula foot bridge
Ram Jhula foot bridge

Along her banks are ghats – or steps – leading down to the edge.

Varanasi ghats
Varanasi ghats

Every evening at sunset, fire pujas with devotional chanting are performed along the ghats. Tiny floating offerings of candles, incense and flowers are placed in the sacred river.

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Ganga is the center of life in all the cities through which she flows. In the holy city of Varanasi, restaurants, ashrams, hotels, and guest houses are perched along her banks.

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People bathe in her, pray to her, wash their clothes and cremate their dead on her banks. And like a mother does, she receives it all, offering her blessings.

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