I come to you as a child to his mother.
I come as an orphan to you, moist with love.
I come without refuge to you, giver of sacred rest.
I come a fallen man to you, uplifter of all.
I come undone by disease to you, the perfect physician.
I come, my heart dry with thirst, to you, ocean of sweet wine.
A popular poetry by jagannatha panditraj ,Ganga lahiri lines described what is still in me , unfulfilled.
I can not see it through my nacked eyes,what my belief on god gives me back , but I can see what you give back to me , for my thirsty throat and my empty stomach. You calms me down when I am tired. You energize me by assimilating me in you. You are the representation of all water that gives life to me, to all of us.
Mother GANGA….. Originating from the Gangotri Glacier, high in the Himalayas of northern India, the river flows southeast of India ,showering prosperity and life throughout its course ,into Bangladesh, before spilling into the Bay of Bengal.
Ganga is the shakti or the moving, restless, rolling energy in the form.
A very peaceful morning when it looks like a calm goddess to an adolescent girl, till evening raising its level and flowing uncontrolled and assimilating all offerings of people , worth to experience and to keep in memory.
The morning Ganga aarti(prayer) in haridwar ,rishikesh,Varanasi and many ghats(riverbank) to the form of energy which inspires us to start our days with full of energy in ourselves, with a belief in the utmost supreme power, which drives this universe. Men and women take a holy bath in the swiftly moving water paying homage to their ancestors and to their gods by cupping the water in their hands, praying and washing all those inner sins along with their external attires believing what is out and what is in, it is all yours maiyaa (mother), with my prayers take all my sins of my body and soul. In Hinduism, Ganga is said to cleanse one’s sins and bathing in its sacred waters purifies one’s inner soul.
Those diving kids, jumping in water, with the same faith , with which a child play in the presence of her mother and like the river is right there to catch him and promise him that they are on safe hands.
Ganga is a consort to all three major male deities brahma,Vishnu and mahesh of Hinduism.As god Brahma‘s partner she always travels with him in the form of water in his kamandal (water-pot). as god Vishnu‘s she emanate from his foot as Vishnupadi in the avatarana story, but is also, with Sarasvati and Lakshmi, one of his co-wives. mahesh or shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on. Ganga attained the power of purifying sins .
Though the myths and legends of the River Ganges are numerous, There are many renditions of the River Ganga’s mythical origins which makes its umparallel importance in hindu rituals. so a person who takes bath in Ganga with faith will get rid of all his sins…
Ganga water (gangajal) is used right from the birth till the last phase of life. At the time of childtounsure (hair are shed in ganga) to the time of marriage (used in pooja ceremony) till the death (ashes are also immersed in ganga). it purify each corner where sprinkled ,it drives aways all the negative energy that enlivens the up the placehase.
Dying by the Ganga
The land over which the Ganga flows is regarded as hallowed ground, and it is believed that the holy waters of the river will purify the soul and lead to a better reincarnation or liberation of the soul from the cycle of life and death. Because of these strong beliefs, it is common for Hindus to spread cremated ashes of dead loved ones, allowing the sacred water to direct the soul of the departed.Ghats(flights of stairs) of a river, Ghats of Varanasi and Haridwar. It is believed that a dead human’s soul finds salvation (moksha), when cremated here.
Apart from its mythological history and scientifically proven of her magic and power….when u come in contact with her… u will sense her power, she has accumulated within her through people believes. Its sanctity, purity and self-cleansing aspects were the prime reasons behind worshiping the river, as a mark of respect. Not only Indians but also foreigners have felt its magic and power of belief.
Scientist study said that a virus called BACTERIOPHAGE is found in the ganga water which kills harmful bacteria of the ganga water .another reason explained by scientist that at various places waterfalls from hot springs join ganga and the sulphur rich water of waterfalls kills the harmful bacteria of ganga water. scientist research may be many but holiness of Ganga is beyond question.
It is occasion to celebrate the descent of the sacred river to earth from heaven. On this day, a dip in the holy river while invoking the Goddess is said to purify sins and wipe away physical ailments.
This festival is observed by Hindus mainly in the states of north india where the river flows. Haridwar, Varanasi, Garhmukteshwar, Rishikesh, Prayagraj, and Patna are the main locations of the celebrations.
Ganga aartis (a religious ritual ,part of prayer) to the river is performed. Taking a dip in the river on this day is believed to bring the devotee to a state of purification and also heal any physical ailments he may have.
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges River. The normal Kumbh Mela is celebrated every 3 years, the Ardh (half) Kumbh is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Prayag, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years, at four places (Prayag ,Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik). The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 Purna Kumbh Melas, or 144 years, is held at Prayag (Allahabad).
the Kumbh Mela is the power of faith of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
sadhus(religious ascetic) distinguished by their saffron bottomwear and naga sanyasis (exteme level of ascetic sadhu) may not wear any clothes and with ashes and some of powder dabbed on their skin as per ancient traditions , are the major attraction who articulate the transitory aspect of life.
Inspite of the fact that Ganga is considered as a goddess and mother in INDIA, unknowingly, its her own children polluting her in the form of dumping rituals objects, in the form of industrial waste, by dumping toxic waste caused by dumping of insecticides, pesticides, and metals, and industrial pollutants. It is not the fault of water , which is afficting people with so many deseases with diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, and even typhoid each year. it is fault of us ,who dump our waste, without thinking twice that river takes nothing from you. it gives and it gives back.it is our duty to keep it clean .
The evening ganga aarti, as dusk descends to thank her , It’s usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that’s floated down the river.,for her blessings in the form of water to our crops. it’s the thurst and hunger ,without you it can not be possible to fill.
I have spent my whole day looking at her. She talks to me with her kal-kal voice ,which fills the emptiness of my heart when i take a deep dip. her power and mygisty empowers me , charges me for a whole day making me realize the true meaning of ganga lahiri lines..
I come to you as a child to his mother…….