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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