All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Ganga’

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Mr. V. Tangapandem always wanted to visit…

Mr. V. Tangapandem always wanted to visit the sacred city of) along the banks of Ma, but it wasn’t until this year – at age 78 – that he finally made it. Most impressively, he got here by walking all 1,464 miles from his home near, Tamil Nadu. Quite impressive, and just more evidence of the reverence for and devotion to the mighty. Asked if he’s concerned for the health of the River: “Of course. She’s our Mother, she’s our god, but she needs help.” Does he want to die here in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganga? “Of course! But, not now,” he says with a wide grin before giving me a deep Namaskar and shuffling on his way @eddiebauer @pedromcbride @microsoftusa

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Wishing a big Happy Birthday to #India…

Wishing a big Happy Birthday to #India on this Independence Day. This photo, from #Ganga #aarti in #Rishikesh, reminds me of the reference people have for the mighty #Ganges, and the importance of the river to India, physically and spiritually.
As #Jawaharlal #Nehru said: “The Ganga…is the river if India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.” May #Modi remain true to his promise to protect the Ganga and bring her back to greatness. @pedromcbride @davidcmorton @eddiebauer @microsoftusa #Surface @natgeo #ambuja

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A #Hindu man prays in the waters…

A #Hindu man prays in the waters of the #Hooghly River at Fairlie Ghat in #Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Nirendra #Modi recently declared his government would make cleaning the #Ganges River a major focus of his administration, even calling his efforts a #manthan, meaning deep contemplation of all facts to reach an enlightened conclusion. He has promised to work closely with #sadhus (Hindu holy men), NGO’s, politicians, scientists, and more, and pledged to look at the issue from a full watershed perspective rather than limiting cleanup to specific areas.
This is great news for the Ganges; as @pedromcbride @davidcmorton and I saw firsthand on our #GangaS2S expedition, the River’s woes are deep and profound, it’s health impacted by myriad forces like climate change, dams and diversions, industrial and agricultural pollution, development, human waste, and much more. Maa (Mother) #Ganga is a critical river and watershed that directly nourishes the land, lives, and spirits of some 400 million people…it’s high time it had a strong champion. Let’s hope Modi can live up to his words: “Maa Ganga is waiting for her son to free her from pollution.” @eddiebauer #Surface #liveyouradventure #maaganga

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A man prays in the brackish waters of the Hoogly (Ganges) River as it nears the Bay of Bengal at Fairley Ghat, Kolkata, India.

Thursday Thought: Ganges, Revered and Reviled

I’m putting together a presentation on the Himalaya and the Ganges River today for my daughter’s first grade class, and …

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