Ganga in Indian History & Mythology Part II

This is Part II of a five parts series on Ganga. The idea is just to introduce the subject. We try to look at the river from different angles. Shri Babusenan said about Part I shared yesterday : "Good attempt. I think there is an article about Ganga by Swami Vivekananda. I am not sure. " Vivekananda has written/spoken about Ganga in different contexts. Like : We will continue the series M G Warrier Ganga in Indian History & Mythology Part II National Mission for Clean Ganga Excerpts : About Ganga Action Plan I The Ganga rises in the Garhwal Himalaya from the Gangotri Glacier, some 4100 meters above the sea level under the name of Bhagirathi. The river flows through the Himalayas till another two streams, the Mandakani and the Alakhnanda join it at Devprayag. It is below this confluence that the river is known as the Ganga proper. The Ganga Basin which is the largest river basin of the country houses about 40% population of India. The river after traversing a distance of 2525 kms. from its source, meets the Bay of Bengal at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal. During the course of its journey from the hills to the sea, municipal sewage from large urban centres, trade effluents from industries and polluting waste from several other non-point sources are discharged into the river resulting in its pollution Objectives of Ganga Action Plan I : At the time of launching, the main objective of GAP was to improve the water quality of Ganga to acceptable standards by preventing the pollution load reaching the river. However, as decided in a meeting of the Monitoring Committee in June, 1987 under the Chairmanship of Prof M G K Menon, then Member, Planning Commission, the objective of GAP was recast as restoring the river water quality to the 'Bathing Class' standard."


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