Ganga as Divine Origin an attempt has been made to trace and to explain Ganga about not just a river, but the heavenly stream brought to the earth by the persistent efforts of many princes of Sagar s family, generation after generation till at least one of them succeeded to coaxing her to come down not only to the earth, but to proceed further to the netherworld to purity the ashes of his ancestors, so that they could be assured absolution from their sin of any and transportation to heaven, the waves of the stream acting as the steps of a staircase leading to the highest goal. It is in this context that Ganga is considered a soaring ladder to heaven for the sons of Sagar (Swarg Sopana Panktim). The present work throws the light to Ganga as per cultural and archaeological perspective in an innovative manner. Indeed Ganga s origin in Brahma s Kamandalu (waterpot), the present concept of knowledge of ritual and philosophic thought, from Kamandalu to Jata (Hair) of Lord Siva, Ganga s aqueous from reaches form Jata of Lord Siva to hill area of the earth via Gomukh to Gangotri mythologically of King Bhagiratha seems relevant. Certainly, it proves to facinate the scholars and history-lovers of Indian art, culture and mythology.
Contents: Preface. List of plates. 1. Introduction. 2. Ganga, the myth and her origin. 3. The Ganga through the age of empires in India. 4. Summing up. Select bibliography. Index. Plates.