Uttarakhand – Home Of The Ganga
According to the Vedas, the land of the Saptasindhu was the home of the most ancient Aryans, the Rig Vedic people ‘Sindhu’ is the word used for a big river – ‘Sapta Sindhu’ – the land watered by the seven big rivers – the main streams of the Ganga flowing in the Garhwal. The seven are The Vishnu Ganga (Alaknanda), The Dhauli Ganga, The Mandakini, The Pinder, The Mandakini, The Bhagirathi, and The Nayar.
The confluence of the seventh river, Nayar with the mainstream of the Ganga has been called ‘Sapta Samudrik Teerth’ in the Skanda Purana. Thousands of miles away, in Rome, Virgil wrote in his epic poem the ‘Aeneid’ in the IX chapter, in the distant past, before the birth of Christ. “They move silently and majestically like the seven streams of the Ganges”.
Rising in the icy heights of Himavat, at Gangotri, the Ganges girdles the region for nearly 500 kilometers, before it enters the plains, encompassing, since aenos, the life of the people of Garhwal. Cradle of the Ganga, and with the climate favorable for the development of terrestrial life, Garhwal was among the first to see the birth of Man’s ancestor on Earth – the primate.
Described in the majority of the hymns of the Rigveda, the Ganga emerges as the lifestream of the entire Aryan race who migrated to India in 2,000 B.C. almost 4,000 years ago.
Through narrow winding gorges, the mighty river carries the message of the snows into the distant plains, the sacred life-giver of toiling millions, while in the mountain ranges, waterfalls break into a thousand-cornered spectorana of psychedelic colors and relentless glaciers wind their way down into dark precipices. The riches of natural beauty, as are found in the Himalayas are not to be seen anywhere here on this earth.