¤ The Most Holy of All
Cha Yamune Chaiva
Narmade Sindhu Kaveri
Jale Asmin Sannidhim Kuru
For centuries, Hindus have taken their morning dip while saying this
prayer to the seven sacred rivers of India, beseeching that they be
purified by the holy waters of these rivers. In this shloka, the one
river that is called first, even before the mighty Indus, is the
¤ A Disire of A Holy Dip In The Pure Waters of Ganga
There are many rivers in the world that are bigger than Ganga. In the
Indian subcontinent itself the Brahmaputra and the Indus are much
longer, but none of them possess the character of this river.
It is so much more than a river to the people who live by its banks
and the millions who come to her holy cities to take a ritual dip in
its sanctified water.
The Ganga is a part of our history and mythology, our legends and
folklore. It has seen kingdoms rise and fall by its banks, watched
preachers and poets sit by its flowing water; it is a wise, old river
and a truly great one. The Ganga begins its journey high in the
remote, perilous reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas. They
call it Devabhoomi - the land of the gods, an enchanting landscape of
pine forests, steep mountain treks and rushing hill streams, through
which pilgrims and ascetics travel to the temple of Gangotri,
dedicated to Ganga.