In Hinduism, the river Ganges - referred to as Ganga (Sanskrit and Hindi: गंगा in the Hindu context and India - is considered sacred. The river, personified as a goddess, is worshipped by Hindus, who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates liberation from the cycle of life and death. Pilgrims travel long distances to immerse the ashes of their kin in the waters of the Ganga, so that their loved ones will pass on to heaven. If the people don't go to the Ganges river then it is thought that they wil not go to heaven.
Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the banks of the river Ganga, including Gangotri, Haridwar, Allahabad and Varanasi. During the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand, candlelit floats are released into waterways to honor the Buddha and the goddess Ganga for good fortune and washing away sins.
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samson (1355) 2011-06-14 3:20
Very interesting. First time I am looking at a figure with elephant head and crocodile body. And the red bricks made this so colourful
peppe59 (14551) 2011-06-14 10:05
this very interesting image, with great clarity, perfect note.
Graal (100112) 2011-06-15 23:28
An interesting informations and presentation, Nilotpal. Good shot from frog perspective. Amazing details.
Charo (51210) 2011-06-17 14:55
It is a curious sculpture, the goddess lying on this strange animal, half elephant, half-crocodile, so it is what it seems to me.
Very good light and excellent detail.
wolf38 (31284) 2011-06-17 23:40
Hello Nilotpal. An impressive artistic work. I am an admirer of Indian culture, religion and art. Here you have selected a very beautiful and worth seeing art. Rgds, Wolfgang.
shevchenko (18892) 2011-06-19 20:04
What an important river for local people to bath and ritual, informative note to introduce it, lovely artistic wall, good frame and clear to show the beautiful carvings , distinct image, tidy shot, well done.
fabianoleite (9783) 2011-06-20 19:41
Good picture of this detail on the wall, with great texture and nice forms and colors. Very well done, you show it pretty well, congratulations!
delpeoples (55090) 2011-06-28 19:16
Namaskar dear Nilotpal
I like everything about this photo, including the title. The textures, the deep saturation and the good tight framing are all beautiful. Excellent contrast to bring out the 3-dimensional effect of the details.