History of the Ganges


            The Ganges River has always been known as a religious icon in the world.  The Ganges River is over 1557 miles long passing through Bangladesh and most of India.  The River is known as a spiritual center because the people of India rely on the river for most life functions in the area.  The uses in India for the river are nearly endless; the main functions of the river are Agricultural use, Industry, as an energy source, transportation, Drinking, bathing, and baptisms. 

 The water from the Ganges River and the surrounding soil are very good for agricultural uses. The flooding of the river greatly enriches the nutrient content in the soil. Along the river there are also many industries such as textiles, paper, leather, and many more who use the water for power, cleaning, etc. Power, which is used by industries, is also used by the common population. Because India is very undeveloped and does not have all the technology to maximize the rivers electrical capacity, the country of India only uses 20% of the rivers potential capacity. The power is harnessed by the use of dams farther up the river.

        The river also serves as a drinking source, bathing hole and baptism sight.  The river is one of the only sources of water for the people of India who cant afford running clean water.   On the same note it is used as a mass-bathing hole, over 10 million people bathe in the river daily, these people who have diseases and very poor hygiene cause for the pollution of this river.  This river is also used a baptizing sanctuary, and burial hole.  Babies are baptized in the river because they believe it cleanses the child, also when a person dies and is cremated their remains are released into the river for the same reason, because they believe it cleanses the soul. 

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