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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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