A report on Ganga (goddess)Bhishma and Ganges

19th century Kalighat painting of goddess Ganga
A statue of Ganga, 17th - 18th century CE
Shantanu stops Ganga from drowning their eighth child, who later was known as Bhishma. Painting by Raja Ravi Varma
Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
Ganga handling her son Devavrata to his father. Print by BP Banerjee.
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
Pilgrims at Haridwar on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra.
Devavrata taking his oath, painting by Raja Ravi Varma
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
Bhishma abducting the princesses of Kashi from the assemblage of suitors at their Swayamvara
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
The sage Narada and the gods stop Bhishma's battle with Parashurama
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
Yudhishthira with Bhishma, from the Razm-Namah, by Fattu, 1598
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
Bhishma telling the secret of his death to the Pandavas
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
An enraged Krishna attacks Bhishma, while Arjuna tries to calm him down
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Bhishma on the bed of arrows
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Bhishma on bed of arrows depicted in Angkor Wat
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
Preparations for cremations on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi], 1903. The dead are being bathed, wrapped in cloth, and covered with wood. The photograph has a caption, "Who dies in the waters of the Ganges obtains heaven."]
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges River in Haridwar and its confluences with the Jumna (Yamuna) River in Etawah and with the Ganges in Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
Ganges from Space
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
The Ganges at Sultanganj.

Ganga (गङ्गा or गंगा) is the personification of the river Ganges who is worshipped by Hindus as the goddess of purification and forgiveness.

- Ganga (goddess)

He was born as the elder son of the illustrious King Shantanu and Ganga.

- Bhishma

In the epic Mahabharata, Ganga is the mother of the warrior Bhishma in a union with the Kuru king Shantanu.

- Ganga (goddess)

It is worshipped as the goddess Ganga in Hinduism.

- Ganges

According to the legend, Shantanu, the youngest son of the king Pratipa and the king of Kuru kingdom, was on a hunting trip, when he saw a beautiful woman on the banks of the river Ganga.

- Bhishma

In the Mahabharata, she is the wife of Shantanu, and the mother of heroic warrior-patriarch, Bhishma.

- Ganges
19th century Kalighat painting of goddess Ganga

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Shantanu meets a beautiful woman, who turns out to be the goddess Ganga.

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Character in the Mahabharata, described as the ruler of the Kuru Kingdom with his capital at Hastinapura.

Character in the Mahabharata, described as the ruler of the Kuru Kingdom with his capital at Hastinapura.

Shantanu meets a beautiful woman, who turns out to be the goddess Ganga.
Shantanu meets a beautiful woman, who turns out to be the goddess Ganga.
Shantanu stops Ganga from drowning their eighth child, who later was known as Bhishma.
Ganga presents her son Devavrata (the future Bhishma) to his father, Shantanu
Shantanu and Satyavati, painting by Raja Ravi Varma.

He is best known for being the father of Bhishma (also known as Devavrata), among the mightiest warriors of the epic.

Once he got an opportunity to visit the court of Brahma where all the Devas and the Ganga were also present.

Shantanu saw a beautiful woman on the banks of the river Ganga and asked her to marry him.