Showing posts with label Ganges. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ganges. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Does The Yamuna River Flow In India?

 

Yamuna River is a river in India. The Yamuna River is a northern Indian river that originates in the Himalayas and flows west and south of the Ganges River before joining it at Allahabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Along with the Ganges, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Indus, and Cauvery, the Yamuna is regarded one of India's seven holy rivers.

The Yamuna runs through the Braj area south of Delhi, which is historically associated with Krishna's country, and his followers (bhakta) hold it in higher regard than the Ganges.

Places around the Braj area have great connotations with Krishna's life for his devotees, but Mathura and Brindavan are the most noteworthy.


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Hinduism - Who Is Sumati And Sumitra In Hindu Mythology?

 

One of King Sagar's wives in Hindu legend.

Sumati and her co-wife Keshini are given a choice in the number of children they will have: one will bear a single son through whom the lineage will continue, while the other will bear sixty thousand boys who will all die before they have any progeny, according to a sage's blessing.

Sumati selects the latter, and when her sixty thousand lovely sons go out to find their father's sacrifice horse, they are consumed by the sage Kapila's wrath.

Despite the fact that these boys die without trouble, they have a significant impact on the planet because Keshini's descendants bring the Ganges to earth to provide peace to their spirits.

Sumitra is one of King Dasharatha's three wives and the mother of Rama's half-brothers, the twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna, in the Ramayana, the earlier of the two major Indian epics.

Her sons are essential characters in the epic because of their dedication and service to Rama, while Sumitra is only relevant because she bears them.


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Hinduism - Where Does The Mandakini River Flow?

 

Mandakini River is a Himalayan tributary of the Ganges River that enters the Alakananda River near the Uttar Pradesh hill town of Rudraprayag.

The Mandakini, like all of the Ganges' Himalayan tributaries, is considered holy.

At its headwaters, Kedarnath, Guptakashi, and Rudraprayag are important pilgrimage destinations (tirtha).



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Hinduism - Who Is Keshini In Hindu Mythology?

 

Keshini is one of King Sagar's wives in Hindu legend.

Keshini and her co-wife Sumati are given a choice in the amount of children they will have, one will bear a single son through whom the lineage will continue, and the other will bear sixty thousand boys who will die before they have any progeny, thanks to a sage's blessing.

Keshini selects the former, and King Sagar's dynasty is continued via her son Asamanjasa.

Her family are especially significant since her great-great grandson is the sage Bhagirath, who is responsible for bringing the Ganges from heaven to earth.


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Hinduism - What Does Himalayas Mean In Sanskrit? Why Are The Himalayas Sacred And Revered By The Hindus?


(meaning "abode of snow") Although only Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and, further east, Sikkhim have important Himalayan areas, the Himalayan range arcs over India's northern border.

The Himalayan areas in the first three states are the most important in a Hindu religious context; the mountains in these three contiguous states are all part of a larger Himalayan cultural region, which is fronted by the Shiwalik Hills.

They are revered as both the physical residence of Hindu gods (especially Shiva, who is said to reside atop Mount Kailas) and the source of holy rivers including the Ganges, Yamuna, and Indus.

The physical sufferings that these ascetics must experience in the mountains are also thought to develop spiritual force; the physical hardships that these ascetics must endure in the mountains are also believed to generate spiritual power.

The Himalayas are densely packed with sacred sites (tirthas), the most important of which are Amarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Nanda Devi. 


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Hinduism - Where Is The Ganges Or Ganga? What Is The Religious Significance Of Bathing In The Ganges?

 


The Ganges is a northern Indian river that originates in a number of tiny streams in the Himalaya Mountains.

It enters the northern Indian plain near Haridwar, flows east through Uttar Pradesh to Allahabad, where it joins the Yamuna River, and then continues east through Bihar and West Bengal until reaching the sea at Ganga Sagar.

The Ganges is shorter than many other major rivers at 1,560 kilometers, yet for Hindus, no river has more sacred significance.

To devout Hindus, the Ganges is more than a river; it is the goddess Ganga, who has come down from heaven to cleanse them of all sin and pollution.

There are no superlatives reserved for the Ganges—every drop is hallowed, every inch along its banks is holy, and just viewing it, drinking from it, touching it, or thinking about it confers enormous religious value.

It is also said to be the perfect location for performing particular funeral rituals.

The Ganges has become a sacred site for Hindus because of their dedication and regard for it.

The religious significance of the Ganges is evident in the religious rites associated with it, as well as the several well-known pilgrimage sites (tirtha) situated along its banks, notably Benares.

The Ganges is regarded as the model for a holy river.

Other holy rivers in India, such as the Godavari and the Cauvery, are said to "be" the Ganges, meaning that bathing (snana) in them confers the same religious blessings as bathing in the Ganges.

 

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