The River Ganga
The legend says that the river Ganga was brought into the earth from the heaven to purify the ashes of dead princes and bring them back to life. The ancient literatures worship the Ganga. The ancient poems regard Ganga as a spouse of Shiva, one of the most important gods in Hinduism. First Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, said “She (the river Ganga) has been been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga". It used to be considered meritorious to die and be cremated in Benares, the holliest village in India, along the river Ganga. Current economical development in India has brought radical changes in their lifestyles. But still, Indian people keep worshiping the river Ganga like the ancient time. In Benares, life does not exist without the river Ganga.