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GANGES --THE HOLY RIVER

 

The Ganges is the main river system in India. Its source is found 3000 metres high in the Himalayas, the world's highest mountains. The Ganges gets its water from the snow melting in the spring and summer months. The course of the Ganges takes it across northern India before it finally reaches its mouth in the Bay of Bengal. The mouth of the Ganges is a delta (it is the World's largest delta).

The Ganges has two main tributaries: the Jumna and the Brahmaputra. The Jumna is 1358 kilometres in length and joins the Ganges at the city of Allahabad. The Brahmaputra is 2900 kilometres long and joins the Ganges in its delta. The Brahmaputra is navigable  for 1285 kilometres from the sea.

 

The Ganges and Religion

The River Ganges is holy to all Hindu people. They consider the river to be the Ganga Mai which means Mother Ganges. Every year about one million Hindus go to the city of Varanasi to bathe in the river. The city of Allahabad is also another bathing site.

 

The Ganges for Food

The Ganges is an important source of food. Fish are a vital food for millions of Indian people.

 

www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/subjects/geography/rivers/FeatureArticles/ganges.htm

 

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