The Ganges River is a symbol of Indian civilization as old as Athens and Jerusalem, a source of poetry and legend, now on the brink of an ecological crisis. For centuries people have journeyed here to the heart of Hindu culture in India. Everyday food, marigolds and other religious offerings are set afloat across the Ganges. It is a common belief among Hindu pilgrims that the waters of the Ganges are so pure and holy that it is exempt from any harm and so it is not the duty of the pilgrims to...
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