Why Is the Ganges River Sacred to Hindus?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 4:32:11 AM ET
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The Ganges river is sacred to Hindus because it is considered to be the extension of God, Lord Shiva, and therefore, the river is divine and an image of the higher power. Not only does the Ganges hold this sacred quality, but it is able to provide water and agricultural food for 350 million people, as well as nurture the endangered Bengal tiger and the blind freshwater dolphin, the susu.