Goddess Ganga

Ganga is a Hindu goddess believed to have the power of absolving one's sins. Legend says that once LordVishnu was so captivated by a flute recital of Lord Shiva that his feet began to melt. Lord Brahma had collected this liquified portion of Vishnu’s feet and produced the goddess, so the goddess is alternatively known as Vishnu-Padi (born from Vishnu’s feet).

Ganga was brought down to the earth for the salvation of the 60,000 sons of King Sagara who were burnt to ashes by an angry Sage Kapila. It was Bhagiratha, a descendant of King Sagara, who finally propitiated Lord Shiva and Goddess Ganga after a long penance. Ultimately Ganga descended to the earth as River Ganges. When Ganga descended from heaven Shiva is believed to have caught her in his matted hair in order to lessen the impact of her fall. Ganga is thus regarded as the second wife of Shiva. Ganga is believed to exist as Mandakini in heaven, Ganges in the earth and Alakananda in the underworld, showering her blessings on all the three worlds.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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