Which river contains ‘waters that purify’?

The Ganges is the sacred river for the people of India who believe that its waters have been blesses by God to cleanse and purify any person who baths in them and has faith.

Every year millions of Hindu Pilgrims bathe in the waters of the Ganger, believing the purification will affect not only themselves but their children and their children’s children as far as the seventh generation. When Hindus die their bodies are cremated and their ashes scattered on the Ganges.

The Ganges is about 2,700 kilometres long. The larger of its two main headstreams rises near the Tibetan border; the smaller begins in a cave of ice on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. Many tributaries flow into it, including the Jumna which is 1,376 kilometres long. The Ganges flows steadily for much of its course. Its waters come from steadily for much of its course. Its waters come from the glaciers in the Himalayas and from the torrential rain brought by the monsoon winds.

The valley of the Ganges is one of the most fertile and densely populated regions of India. The river flows through the holy city of Benares, and the large city of Calcutta, before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.

Before it reaches the sea, the Ganges joins with another great river, the Brahmaputra, forming a waterways and covered mainly by dense jungle.


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