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The most sacred river of the Hindus the Ganges flows 1600 miles fromNorthwest to Southwest through India and empties into the Bay of BengalGanges River World Geography Hindus regard the Ganges as theholiest of the rivers The river is named after the goddess Ganga thedaughter of the mountain god Himalaya River Ganges The Water PageThe ancient Vedas and in two great poems the Ramayana and theMahabharata honored the river as the gift from gods in their textseven Lord Vishnu had bathed in the Ganges to wash away all its sinsSource 2 The Hindus have so much faith in the Ganges River that whenthey bathe in it or take a sip they believe that it is the nectar of Godand they will go to heaven Source 1 In 2008 the Ganges was officiallydeclared as Indias national river Source 7 The Ganges River is notonly known as the national river it is well known as one of thedirtiest rivers in the worldThe great amount of domestic sewage being poured into the Ganges hasdoubled since the 1990s but researchers have discovered that it coulddouble again in a generation Source 1 Pollution of the Ganges hasbecome so serious that bathing in and drinking its water has become moredangerous A major pollution problem is that nearly one-billion litersof raw sewage is being dumped into the Ganges every day Source 3 Itis not only untreated sewage being dumped into the river but its alsoanimal and human waste toxic waste from hospitals and tanneries andcremation rituals Tanneries are where animal hides are tanned and theytan hides with lead arsenic chromium and mercury chemicals Thegovernment ordered a closure of more than 100 tanneries that pour tonsof toxic chemicals into the Ganges each year Source 6 Most of themain pollution issues with the Ganges deals with improper sewagemanagement While there are 300 processing factories in India many arepoorly managed and most of the time treated waste is mixed withuntreated waste and then is thrown
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