A report on Ganges

Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
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.

Trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh.

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1907 Map of Bengal with Sikkim

Rajmahal

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Subdivisional town and a notified area in Rajmahal subdivision of the Sahibganj district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.

Subdivisional town and a notified area in Rajmahal subdivision of the Sahibganj district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.

1907 Map of Bengal with Sikkim
Akbari mosque overlooking the Ganges at Rajmahal
Tomb and Distant View of the Rajmahal Hills, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
Tomb with a distant view of the Rajmahal hills by William Hodges
A View of the Gate of the Caravan Serai at Rajmahal, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
Gateway to a caravan serai at Rajmhal by William Hodges
Santal village at Rajmahal (wood etching)
View of a Mausoleum at Rajmahal, 1781, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
View of the Rajmahal Hills, 1782, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
View of the Rajmahal Hills With a Sentenial in the Foreground, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
Ruins of Prince Shuja's Palace at Rajmahal, William Hodges, Yale Center for British Art
Old Mosque at Rajemahl, Samuel Davis, Yale Center for British Art
River View near Rajmahal, Samuel Davis, Yale Center for British Art

It is situated at the banks of Ganges and was former capital of Bengal Subah under Mughal governor, Man Singh I.

Bengal Fan

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Largest submarine fan on Earth.

Largest submarine fan on Earth.

Most of the sediment is supplied by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers which supply the Lower Meghna delta in Bangladesh and the Hoogly delta in West Bengal (India).

Simaria

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Simaria is a village in India, along the Ganges river.

Map of the Ganges River from its origin in northern India to its entry into the Bay of Bengal through Bangladesh.

Ganges water dispute

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Map of the Ganges River from its origin in northern India to its entry into the Bay of Bengal through Bangladesh.
A Map showing major rivers in Bangladesh, including the Padma River.
The Ganges Delta spanning India and Bangladesh.

A long-standing dispute exists between India and Bangladesh over the appropriate allocation, and development, of the water resources of the Ganges River, which flows from northern India into Bangladesh.

Begusarai Railway Station

Begusarai

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Administrative headquarters of Begusarai district, which is one of the thirty-eight districts of the Indian state of Bihar.

Administrative headquarters of Begusarai district, which is one of the thirty-eight districts of the Indian state of Bihar.

Begusarai Railway Station
Clockwise from top:
Begusarai aerial view; Har Har Mahadev Chowk; Begusarai railway station; Begusarai aerial view 2; Major road

Begusarai lies in the middle of the mid Ganga plain and generally has low lying terrain with South to South Easterly slope.

Ghazipur

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City in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

City in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Rivers in the district include the Ganges, Gomati, Gaangi, Beson, Magai, Bhainsai, Tons and Karmanasa River.

Haridwar Kumbh Mela in 2010

Kumbh Mela

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Major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism.

Major pilgrimage and festival in Hinduism.

Haridwar Kumbh Mela in 2010
Prayagraj Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013
A 2019 stamp dedicated to Kumbh Mela
Prayagraj Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013
A pot (Kumbh) containing Amrita was one of the creative product of the Samudra manthan legend in ancient Hindu texts.
Large crowds at the Ganga (Ganges) on a major bathing day in the 2019 Kumbh Mela
The first page of Prayag Snana Vidhi manuscript (Sanskrit, Devanagari script). It describes methods to complete a bathing pilgrimage at Prayag. The manuscript (1674 CE) has a colophon, which states "Copied by Sarvottama, son of Vishvanatha Bhatta, Samvat 1752".
Hindu pilgrims heading to the Kumbh Mela site
The Ashoka pillar at Allahabad (photo c. 1900) contains many inscriptions since the 3rd-century BCE. Sometime about 1575 CE, Birbal of Akbar's era added an inscription that mentions the "Magh mela at Prayag Tirth Raj".
Haridwar Kumbh Mela by the English painter J. M. W. Turner. Steel engraving, c. 1850s.
A cultural program pandal at Prayag Kumbh Mela (2019)
Kumbh Mela – a dip in the waters is one of the key rituals.
Cooking at Kumbh Mela in 2019.
Triveni Sangam during Allahabad Kumbh Mela, c. 2013.
Kumbh Mela at Haridwar.
Nashik Pilgrims gather for the Shahi Snan (royal bath) in Ramkund in Dakshin Ganga River, c. 1991.
Naga sadhu at a Kumbh procession (1998).
Water dip at the Kumbh festival
A cultural event at a Kumbh Mela pandal
A sadhu at Maha Kumbh, 2013.

It is celebrated in a cycle of approximately 12 years, to celebrate every revolution Brihaspati (Jupiter) completes, at four river-bank pilgrimage sites: Allahabad (Ganges-Yamuna-Sarasvati rivers confluence), Haridwar (Ganges), Nashik (Godavari), and Ujjain (Shipra).

The geographic region containing the Indian subcontinent.

Names for India

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Historically significant, "India" and "Bharata".

Historically significant, "India" and "Bharata".

The geographic region containing the Indian subcontinent.
India was the lower Indus basin in Herodotus's view of the world.
𓉔𓈖𓂧𓍯𓇌 H-n-d-wꜢ-y "India" written in Egyptian hieroglyphs on the Statue of Darius I, circa 500 BCE.
Statue of Bharata Chakravartin at Shravanabelagola. In Jainism, he was the first chakravartin or universal emperor.
The name Jambudīpasi for "India" (Brahmi script) in the Sahasram Minor Rock Edict of Ashoka, circa 250 BCE.
The name and logo of state-owned Petroleum Companies of Government of India.

At first the name Bhārat referred only to the western part of the Ganges in North India, but was later more broadly applied to the Indian subcontinent and the region of Greater India, as was the name "India".

Descent of Ganga to Earth

Bhagiratha

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Descent of Ganga to Earth
Bhagiratha beneath the main spout of Sundhara, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bhagiratha on a jarun of Nag Pokhari, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Bhagiratha beneath the stone spout of Lamugah Hiti, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Bhagiratha on a jarun at Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Bhagiratha beneath a gargoyle at the Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur, India
Shiva Gangadhara, Parvati, Bhagiratha (left) at the Ravana Phadi Cave, Aihole, India
Bhageeratha statue in Hyderabad, India

Bhagiratha (Sanskrit: भगीरथ, Bhagīratha) is a legendary king of the Ikshvaku dynasty who brings the Sacred River Ganges, personified as the Hindu River Goddess Ganga, to Earth, from the Heavens.

Mirzapur

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City in Uttar Pradesh, India, 827km from Delhi and 733km from Kolkata, almost 91 km from Allahabad and 61 km from Varanasi.

City in Uttar Pradesh, India, 827km from Delhi and 733km from Kolkata, almost 91 km from Allahabad and 61 km from Varanasi.

Ghanta Ghar(clock tower) of Mirzapur
View from the Shastri Setu
Steps at Nar Ghat
Siddhanath ki Dari Fall in Mirzapur District.
Narghat road leading to the footsteps(ghat)

In no direction, except for about 13 km. in the north-east where the Ganges separates the Tehsil of Chunar from the district of Varanasi, has Mirzapur a natural frontier.