Descent of Sri Ganga…

“Lord Vishnu once approached Bali Maharaja while the King was performing a sacrifice. The Lord appeared before him as Trivikrama, or Vamana, and begged alms from the King in the form of three steps of land. With two steps, Lord Vamana covered all three planetary systems and pierced the covering of the universe with the toes of His left foot.”

Stone relief “Descent of the Ganges” at Mahabalipuram

“A few drops of water from the Causal Ocean leaked through this hole and fell on the head of Lord Siva, where they remained for one thousand millenniums. These drops of water are the sacred Ganges River. It first flows onto the heavenly planets, which are located on the soles of Lord Vishnu’s feet. The Ganges River is known by many names, such as the Bhagirathi and the Jahnavi. It purifies Dhruvaloka and the planets of the seven sages because both Dhruva and the sages have no other desire than to serve the Lord’s lotus feet.”

“The Ganges River, emanating from the lotus feet of the Lord, inundates the heavenly planets, especially the moon, and then flows through Brahmapuri atop Mount Meru. Here the river divides into four branches (known as Sita, Alakananda, Cakshu and Bhadra), which then flow down to the ocean of salt water.” – excerpt, Srila Prabhupada’s summary of SB 5.17. {Watercolor illustrations above are from a book titled “Mother Ganga”}

“In Bengal I have two shelters — My mother and the river Ganges. Both of them are very merciful.”- Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, CC Madhya 16.90.

“I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Gangadevi. She is the current of bliss, the flow of nectar from the lotus feet of Sri Hari, the personification of devotional service to Sri Krsna, and she is like the garland of jasmine flowers situated on the head of Lord Siva.” Hari Bhakti Kalpa Latika Chapter 2, text 3.

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  1. Yo, prabhu. Some of the pictures on this post are not displaying properly. FYI, as they say.

    Also, what happened to Gadhadhara Pandit and Bhaktivinoda Thakur? They appeared, and then disappeared…

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