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 Kali Ben
Manikaran Hot Spring
Mani Mahesh Lake