Maa Ganga Avtaran by Sharma Publications

Om Bhakti Shringar London

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14inch x 20inch print of Ganga Maa Avtaran by Sharma Publications.

This print shows the story of how Maa Ganga - The River Ganges came to eath.

There was once a king Sagara who had sixty thousand sons. One day, King Sagara performed a ritual of worship for the good of the kingdom. One of the integral parts of the ritual was a horse, which was stolen by the jealous Indra. Sagara sent all his sons all over the earth to search for the horse. They found it next to a meditating sage however it was Lord Indra that left it there. Believing that the sage had stolen the horse, they hurled insults at him and caused his penance to be disturbed. The sage opened his eyes for the first time in several years and looked at the sons of Sagara. With this glance, all sixty thousand were burnt to death. The souls of the sons of Sagara wandered as ghosts since their final rites had not been performed. Bhagirath one of the decedents of Sagara, vowed to bring Ganga down to Earth so that her waters could cleanse their souls and release them to heaven.
Bhagirath prayed to Brahma that Ganga comes down to Earth. Brahma agreed and he ordered Ganga to go down to the Earth. Ganga felt that this was insulting and decided to sweep the whole Earth away as she fell from the heavens. Alarmed, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva that he break up Ganga's descent.
Ganga arrogantly fell on Shiva's head. But Shiva calmly trapped her in his matted locks of hair and let her out in small streams. The touch of Shiva further sanctified Ganga. As Ganga travelled down the souls of Bhagirath ancestors were cleansed & freed.