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Travelogue: By Country | By Date India | May 2001  


Heading down a "ghat" to the Ganges, officially as well as popularly called the Ganga. From time immemorial the holy river of the Hindus. The Ganges, personified as a goddess, originally flowed only in heaven until she was brought down by Bhagiratha to purify the ashes of his ancestors. She came down reluctantly, cascading first on the head of Shiva, in order to break her fall, which would have shattered the Earth.

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