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Origin of Ganga River
The origin of Ganga River is Gangotri Glacier. Ganga is the holiest river in India. It is Gangotri where the fabulous journey of the river begins.
 Gangotri Glacier - Origin of Ganga River Gangotri is the place of origin of the revered River Ganga. Ganga is the most sacred of the Indian rivers. Ganges is the source of sustenance of life in the great Indian plains and it is at Gangotri that the remarkable journey of Ganga begins. Indian mythology tells the story of the birth of Ganges. King Bhagirath pleaded to Lord Shiva and was granted his wish that Goddess Ganga comes down on earth to bring to life his expired ancestors.

The river was said to have been entangled in Lord Shiva`s locks, to save the earth from destruction. Gaumukh near the Gangotri glacier looks alike a cow`s head and strangely, the river flows down at great speed through this natural formation, without which it would have been hard to retain and was sure to have caused devastation. Due to its obvious important to Hinduism, Gangotri is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in India. This place has reached the peak of tourism in Uttarakhand.

There are several tourist spots in Gangotri; some of them are as follows:

Gangotri Glacier
The Gangotri glacier happens to be the origin of the Bhagirathi River. The glacier is 30 kilometres long and between 2 to 4 kilometres wide .It is located in the Uttarkashi district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the border of China. It is a significant pilgrimage site for the Hindu devotees as well as trekkers and thousands who come here to take a dip in the waters near the glacier. Due to global warming, the glacier is often observed to be diminishing, the fate of river Ganga seems apprehensive. The journey though strenuous is worth it, in ways more than one.

Gangotri Temple Gaumukh
This is considered to be the accurate source of the Bhagirathi River, the main channel that forms the sacred Ganga River along with some more rivers. The place looks like a cow`s mouth and offers stunning natural beauty along with spiritual significance.

Gangotri Temple
A Gurkha commander Amar Singh Thapa built this temple in the 18th century. The temple has an attractive white marble structure about 20 feet high. During the winter months, the statue is moved away to the nearby Mukhimath village and is kept there for the next six months. A sacred stone near the temple is believed to be the accurate spot where the descendent of the river form the heavens.

The Shivaling
This submerged Shivaling is a phallic form of Lord Shiva and is visible only during winter when the water levels are low enough. This is believed to be the exact spot where Lord Shiva had entangled the river in his locks.

(Last Updated on : 26/07/2011)
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