The Ganges is one of the most
revered rivers of the world. It evokes lot of respect and emotion from
people of India. It has immense historical, mythological and spiritual
importance. This river is of much value for Hindu religion as Aryans
settled down here when they first arrived in India. Such is the
religious value of this river that it is worshiped in the form of
goddess deity Ganga. This river is significant in terms of commercial
and ecological too. The Ganges acts as lifeline of the most plains of
north India stretching from Uttar Pradesh to West Bengal. It is home to
different varieties of species including many endangered one.
It is also major source of agriculture and drinking water in the north
India. The areas through which river Ganges flows are also important
religious destination. Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Allahabad are
some of the important religious destination through which river Ganges
passes. It is from the Rishikesh that Ganga enters the plain of north
India. Situated on the bank of river Ganga, there are many Yoga ashram
centers in Rishikesh. Famous places to visit are Bharat temple, Pushkar
temple, Swarg Ashram, Triveni ghat etc. Haridwar, another town, located
on the bank of holy Ganga is popular for holding Kumbh Mela.
Varanasi is the most prominent and sacred religious center of Hindu
religion. It has become an important tourist destination of India. Since
time immemorial it has attracted large number of pilgrims and tourists.
The ghats of Varanasi has a legendary status and is quite awe-inspiring.
Kumbh Mela(fairs) is held in every twelve year in four cities of India
that is Nashik, Ujjain, Allahabad and Haridwar. It is widely believed
that during this auspicious mela, all sins can be washed away by talking
dip in the holy water of river flowing through the four centres.