In Hinduism, the river Ganga is considered sacred and is personified as the goddess Ganga. She is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha. Ganga its origin at the source Gaumukh (the shape of the ice forming like a cow’s mouth), gushing from the depths of Gangotri glacier. It is known as Bhagirathi after King –Bhagirath in it’s initial phase of long journey. It emerges in the ice caves of Gangotri glacier and gushes down to join river ‘Alaknanda’ and becomes Ganga. The ancient holy scriptures are full of legends associated with river Ganga.
देवि सुरेश्वरि भगवति गङ्गे त्रिभुवनतारिणि तरलतरङ्गे । शङ्करमौलिविहारिणि विमले मम मतिरास्तां तव पदकमले ॥१॥
Meaning: 1.1: (Salutations to Devi Ganga) O Devi Bhagavati Ganga, the Goddess of the Devas, You liberate the Three Worlds with the (merciful) waves of Your Liquid Form, 1.2: O the Stainless Pure One Who resides in the Head of Shankara, May my Devotion remain firmly established on Your Lotus Feet.