The Ganges River

The Ganges River in northern India.

One of the Ganges's unique qualities is its sacred status in the Hindu faith. Here pilgrims bathe at Varanasi.

Bangladesh lies almost entirely in the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. Terrace farming is depicted here.

The Ganges River, located in northern India, is India’s primary waterway.  It flows from the Himalayas through the world’s largest alluvial plain to a delta in Bangladesh, irrigating much of India’s agriculture and providing water for the 10% of the world’s people living on the Gangetic plain.  The river is so important partly because of its constant nature: fed by monsoon rains and Himalayan snowmelt, it flows continuously through the dry and wet seasons.  The Ganges’s agricultural importance is supplemented by its cultural significance: named after the Hindu goddess Ganga, the river is sacred to millions of Indians who bathe in it annually in a quest for spiritual purity.  It can be said that the Ganges is one of the world’s most important rivers, supporting the life and livelihood of a country with more than a billion citizens.

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“Rice terrace in mountains.” Photograph. Water@leeds. University of Leeds, 2007. Web. 28 March 2012. <;.

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