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Ganga Legend

Posted on: September 5, 2011

Ganga Legend

Ganga, the River Goddess is the only living goddess in the Hindu
pantheon. There are numerous stories regarding the birth and origin of this
goddess. According to the beliefs, Ganga descends on the earth to rinse away the
sins of the mankind. Ganga is the sacred river and has been referred to in the
various ancient texts of Hindus. It is believed that Ganga used to flow in the
heaven and sanctify gods with her holy waters.

River Ganges is
repeatedly invoked in the Puranas, the Vedas, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The story of Ganga’s descent on the Earth appears slightly different in
Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas. According to one story, Ganga is also
considered as the sister of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva being one of the
two daughters of Himavat and Meru. According to another legend, Indra had asked
for Ganga to be given to heaven to calm the Gods with her cool
waters.

One story states that the sacred water in Brahma’s Kamandalu
(water-vessel) is personified as a maiden, Ganga. Another legend tells that
Brahma had respectfully washed the feet of Vishnu and collected this water in
his Kamandalu. Being the part of the Kamandalu of Lord Brahma, Ganga is one of
the Shaktis of the supreme Goddess Mahamaya Adishakti.

Ganga Origin –
Story of Bhagiratha

This is the most popular story regarding the origin
of river Ganga. The story goes far back when King Sagar magically acquired sixty
thousand sons. Once, King Sagar organized Ashwamedh Yagna, a ritual of worship
for the benefit of the kingdom. Jealous Indra planned a mischief and stole one
horse from the place. King Sagar sent all his sons all over the earth to look
for the horse. They found the horse in the nether-world standing next to Kapila
Muni, a meditating sage. The youths, were disrespectful and caused his penance
to be disturbed. The sage reduced them to ashes with his withering look.

The souls of these young men wandered as ghosts as their final rites had
not been done. On repeated repentance and requests by the descendants of King
Sagar, Kapila Muni finally relent that King Sagar’s sons would attain mukti
(liberation), if their wicked remains are cleansed by the water of the goddess
Ganga. Generations of King Sagar did penance to appease Brahma but without
success and finally after much praying, pleading and tapasya by Bhagirath –
seventh generation of King Sagar, Ganga reluctantly consents to descend to
earth.

With this, Ganga found herself insulted and decided to sweep the
whole earth with her powerful fall. Troubled, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva to
control the Ganga’s descent. Lord Shiva steps in the way and trapped Ganga in
his hair. Shiva made the river fall gently through his long hair onto the
Himalayas. As Ganga moved to the nether-worlds, she liberated the unfortunate
souls of King Sagar’s Sons. Since then Ganga is sanctifying the mankind with her
divine waters.

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