“That best of monkeys appeared like Mount Meru, shining brightly, as he stood in front of Sita.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 37.35)
मेरुमन्दरसङ्काशो बभौ दीप्तानलप्रभः।
अग्रतो व्यवतस्थे च सीताया वानरोत्तमः।।
merumandarasaṅkāśo babhau dīptānalaprabhaḥ।
agrato vyavatasthe ca sītāyā vānarottamaḥ।।
What is described in official maps of the world as the Ganges River is known as Ganga amongst followers of the Vedic tradition. Though consisting of the material element of water, the river is known to be a devi. Ganga Devi, the goddess who appears in the form of a river, has significance due to her association.
A person who takes a dip in her waters is considered to be free of sin. Around the region, after the bodies of departed souls are cremated, the ashes get placed with Ganga Devi. The hope is that the most recent birth will be the final one. Why…
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