Kabir, a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint
Funeral ghats in Varanasi
Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Banarasi sari
Ganges canal dried for cleaning
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
Tourists shopping for jewellery in Varanasi
A satellite view of the Manasarovar (right) and Rakshastal lakes with Mount Kailash in the background
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
Ganges view from Bhadaini water works, Varanasi
A map of the Ganges (orange), Brahmaputra (violet), and Meghna (green) drainage basins
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
Ramnagar Fort was built in 1750 by Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh.
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A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
Alamgiri Mosque
Pollution in Ganga
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
Memorial of Sant Ravidas at Sant Ravidas Ghat
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
Sarnath, the suburb of Varanasi
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Wall paintings, Varanasi, 1973
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Sant Goswami Tulsidas Awadhi Hindi poet and propagator of Bhakthi music in Varanasi
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
Krishna standing on serpent Kaliya during Nag Nathaiya festival in Varanasi
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
The Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi
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."]
Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is the main airport that serves Varanasi.
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
Varanasi Junction, is the main railway station which serves Varanasi.
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
Banaras railway station at night
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
Ring Road Phase I
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).
Road in Varanasi Cantonment
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
BLW manufactured locomotives hauling load across the nation.
Ganges from Space
A lithograph by James Prinsep (1832) of a Brahmin placing a garland on the holiest location in the city.
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
A painting by Edwin Lord Weeks (1883) of Varanasi, viewed from the Ganges.
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
An illustration (1890) of Bathing Ghat in Varanasi.
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
Maharaja of Benares, 1870s.
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
Map of the city, c. 1914.
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
An 1895 photograph of the Varanasi riverfront.
The lanes of Varanasi are bathed in a plethora of colours.
Dashashwamedh Ghat
Manikarnika Ghat
The Jain Ghat/Bachraj Ghat
The Ganges at Sultanganj.
Kedar Ghat during Kartika Purnima
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the most important temple in Varanasi.
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The 18th century Durga Kund Temple
Parshvanath Jain temple

Varanasi is a city on the Ganges river in northern India that has a central place in pilgrimage, death, and mourning in the Hindu world, even as the traditions are transformed in the face of modernization, generational changes and emigration.

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Pollution of the Ganges, the largest river in India, poses significant threats to human health and the larger environment.

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It has been important historically, with many former provincial or imperial capitals such as Pataliputra, Kannauj, Kara, Munger, Kashi, Patna, Hajipur, Delhi, Bhagalpur, Murshidabad, Baharampur, Kampilya, and Kolkata located on its banks or the banks of tributaries and connected waterways.

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The Ganges is threatened by severe pollution.

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Because of the establishment of a large number of industrial cities on the bank of the Ganges like Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Patna, countless tanneries, chemical plants, textile mills, distilleries, slaughterhouses, and hospitals prosper and grow along with this and actively play a role in polluting the Ganges by dumping untreated waste into it.

- Pollution of the Ganges

Pollution of the Ganges is a particular source of worry because of the religious significance of the river, the dependence of people on it as a source of drinking water, and its prominence as a symbol of Varanasi and the city itself.

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