Ganga The Holy River

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Item Code: IDK516
Author: Shantilal Nagar
Publisher: B.R. Publishing Corporation
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8176464848
Pages: 110
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.7"
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About the Book

Ganga is one of the most sacred rivers of the country, which is said to have been brought on earth by Bhagiratha, of the solar race, in order to redeem his ancestors who had been reduced to ashes by the sage Kapila. Since then she is purifying the people on earth.

About the Author

Shantilal Nagar, a graduate of the Punjab University, served in the curatorial capacity in the Central Asian Antiquities Museum, New Delhi, the Archaeological Museum, Nalanda, and Archaeological Section of the Indian Museum, Calcutta for a number of years. He has to his credit the scientific documentation of over fifty thousand antiquities, in these museums, representing the rich cultural heritage of the country and comprising of sculptures, bronzes, terracottas, beads, seals and sealing, ancient Indian numismatics, wood work, miniatures and paintings, textiles and Pearce collection of gems, ranging from the earliest times to the late medieval period. He was awarded, in 1987, a fellowship, for his monograph on the temples of Himachal Pradesh, by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has authored more than fifty books.


Origin of Ganga, Nupura Ganga, Gangotri, the Cult, Temples, The popular worship, The sacred water.
2Profile in Literature18-46
Story of the Ganga's descent on Earth-(1) Episode of Sagara's Sons, (ii) The birth of Bhagiratha, (iii) Success of Bhagiratha, (iv) Encounter with Airavata, (v) Encounter with Siva, (vi) Encounter with Jahnu, (vii) The Sanctity of the Ganga, (Salvation of the Sons of Sagara.)
The Glory of Ganga-Sodas relieved of Curse with the Ganga water, Ganga as Gautami, Curse of Sarasvati to Ganga.
3Gangadhara From of Siva47-57
Ganga as a drop on Siva's Jatas, Prohibits the Sinners from taking bath
4Ganga at Haridvara58-62
5Forms of Ganga63-90
(1) Elusive of Form, (2) Kind Hearted, (3) The Visible Form (4) Ganga as the Mother-Goddess, (5) Ganga as a Sustainer, (6) Symbol of Purity, (7) ganga as the Chowri-bearer of Siva, (8) Ganga approaches Siva as his Bride, (9) Ganga as the Cowife of Parvati, (10) Ganga fondly approaches Siva hesitatingly, (11) Ganga and the jatas, (12) Ganga as the adornment of Earth, (13) The Union of Ganga and Yamuna, (14) Privileged Life on the Banks of the Ganga, (15) Ganga-the mother of Subrahmanya, (16) Birth of Subrahmanya, (17) Devasura War, (18) Vow of Celibacy, (19) Other Activities, (20), Ganga born on earth due to the curse of Brahma, (21) Why Ganga became Siva's Consort, (22) Ganga set on the thighs of Pratipa, (23) Astavasus and Ganga, (24) Ganga became the wife of Santanu and the Astavasus were born, (25) Santanu got back the son, (26) Mother of Skanda Karttikeya, (27) Symbols and Vehicle of Ganga, (28) Synonyms of Ganga used in the Mahabharata and other Texts, (29) Ganga Mahatmya or the Greatness of Ganga.
6Projection in Art91-98
7Foreigner's Account99-102
Sri Gangastakam103-104
Arati of Ganga104
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