Autobiography of River Ganga
As a river I am known to all of you. I was generated from the Himalayas – thousands of years ago. It is said in mythological story that I was born inside the hollow cavity of Lord Shiva’s matted hair.
Since the date of my birth I am always in motion. The current that flows in my upper course is very strong and here I jump very high up my natural level. My middle course begins from Hardwar. My body remains very much extended and I maintain a slow motion when I am in the plains. Before I mingle into the sea I pass though many fields and gardens, villages and towns.
Large towns and cities have been built on my banks. A few among them are being used as the main centers for education and culture, also trade and commerce. Many holy towns are situated on my banks and thousands of people come here to pay homage to their deities in days of holy festivals. Hundred of pilgrims bathe in my holy water in great devotion. I am worshipped by thousands of people as they regard me as their deity. Boats, steamers, ships and many other water carriages ply along my body.
In time of rainy season my body wells and I overflow the banks causing flood. I am so much ancient that even I myself do not know my actual age. I am the witness of many people to be born in this world and depart from there. But I am immortal.