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 The Soul of India, The Holiest River, Mother Ganga or The Ganges

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PostSubject: The Soul of India, The Holiest River, Mother Ganga or The Ganges    Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:45 pm


Thousands of overseas Hindus come to India from many corners of the globe every year solely for Mother Ganga. The Hindus call their rivers goddesses and call the Ganga as 'mother'. Some come to the Ganga to submerge the ashes of their beloved ones in this holy river for salvation; others visit this river goddess every year to offer prayers and donations for their beloved, departed souls. Most devout Hindus visit this river of nectar to perform the holy dip to wash away their sins. But this nectar from the Gods residing in the snowy Himalayas has become horribly polluted after it passes Rishikesh and Haridwar. As it reaches the plains, the villages, towns and cities on its banks throw in their sewage, industries deposit huge amounts of toxic residues and chemical wastage and pesticide residues come from riverside farms. Over 2,525 kms long, it passes through 29 cities and 70 towns. Gradually, its water becomes severely polluted and contaminated with bacterial and viral bacteria.

For over 25 years, many attempts have been made by the Government of India, the State Governments and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to clean the Ganga but with limited results. Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, a renowned Indian scientist, says, "It is alarming to see the Ganga getting polluted in its course, progressively more in every kilometer it surges ahead. Recognizing the great importance of Ganga, the Government of India launched the Ganga Action Plan in 1986. Although there have been some noteworthy successes in this project, it is highly alarming to see that even after 30 years of the Ganga Action Plan being in force, the Ganga still remains polluted."

India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, spearheads the government's efforts in cleaning the Ganga in the past since the Government is committed to clean the Ganga and other rivers through the National River Conservation Programme. The massive task remains unfinished.

The enlightened master, Osho says,"The soul of India is committed to, joined to the Ganga since very old times as if the Ganga has become the symbol of our spirit. If a country has a soul and it has symbols, then the Ganga is our symbol. For thousands of years, we have been floating dead bodies in the Ganga. The Ganga flows untouched, unaffected." The Ganga is not a simple river; it is a spiritual odyssey. Meditating on its banks, many have attained self-realisation, many have found the divine, and many have attained to Nirvana! All these people have left their life-energy on the banks of the Ganga. Therefore, in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, 'Among the rivers, I am the Ganga.'

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