Worship of River Ganga at Haridwar, Uttaranchal

In India, water has been an object of worship from time immemorial. It has diverse socio-religious uses and plays a central role in many religious ceremonies and rites.

Water and in turn water bodies have been traditionally held sacred for the following reasons:

  • Almost all rivers, lakes, springs are attributed some degree of holiness and are often associated with the local pantheon of Gods and Goddesses.
  • Most Indian rivers are usually believed to be manifestations (avatars) of Goddesses. Rivers have been given a divine status and have been worshipped since ancient times.
  • Water plays a vital role in holy rituals / rites. It cleanses our body and hence, symbolizes purification.
  • The ecological significance of water as a source and sustainer of life.

Water in different religions:

LIST OF SACRED Waterbodies

River Bhagirathi

River Chambal

River Gandak

River Ganga

River Godavari

River Gomti

River Gumti

Gurudongmar Lake

Hemakund Lake

River Jhelum

River Kali Ben

River Kaveri

Khecheopalri Lake

River Krishna

River Mahanadhi

Manikaran Hot Spring

Mani Mahesh Lake

River Narmada

River Pamba

River Phalgu

Pushkar Lake

River Shipra

River Tapti

Tsomgo Lake

River Tungabhadra

River Yamuna