The Ganges in Myth and History

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., Jan 1, 2001 - Ganges River (India and Bangladesh) - 219 pages
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No river has kindled Man`s imagination like the Ganges. From its icy origins high in the Himalayas, this sacred river flows through the holy cities and the great plains of northern India to the Bay of Bengal. In a country where the red heat of summer inspires prayer for the coming monsoon, the life-giving waters of the Ganges have assumed legendary powers in the form of the Hindu goddess Ganga, the source of creation and abundance. Pilgrims flock to her shores to cleanse and purify themselves, to cure ailments, and to die that much closer to paradise. Steven Darian writes of the human experience and the legendary myths that surround the Ganges. While collecting material for this book, Dr. Darian lived by the Ganges, explored her shores, and was a pilgrim to the Ganga Sagar festival at Sagar Island off Calcutta where the sacred river and the ocean merge.
  

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A good primer on a glorious river.contains rare photographs.

Contents

The Town of Badrinath beneath Nilakantha Peak
4
Vasudhara Falls Source of the Alakananda near Badrinath
6
The Temple at Badrinath
7
The Ice Cave at Gomukh Source of the Bhagirathi
10
The Waters of Creation
14
Descent of the Ganges Mamallapuram Seventh Century
21
Naga King Mamallapuram
22
Naga Queen Mamallapuram
23
Vishnu Shiva Jahnu and Mount Meru in a Pool at Ganjam Depicting the Descent of the Ganges
28
The Story of Ganga at Pattadakal Bhagiratha Ganga and the Vasus
33
Ganga the Sage Kapila the Sons of Sagara and the Elephant Virupaksha Pattadakal
34
The Indus Legacy
39
The Transformation of Myth
58
The New Vision
79
Ganga Shiva and the Hindu Temple
97
The Image of Ganga in Indian Art
114

Shiva and the Sage Bhagiratha Mamallapuram
24
Men and Celestials Mamallapuram
25
Couple Observing the Descent of the Ganges Mamal lapuram
26
The Ganges in Bengal
135
The Image of Ganga in the West
161
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