River Ganga is sacred and is personified as Goddess Ganga. She is worshipped and bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha. Goddess Ganga is referred to as a consort of trinity in Hinduism. As Brahma's partner she always travels with him in the form of water in his kamandalu. She is also Shri Vishnu's consort as She emanates from his foot as Vishnupadi. In one popular story, envious of being outdone by each other, the wives begin to quarrel. While Maa Lakshmi attempts to mediate the quarrel, Ganga and Sarasvati heap misfortune on each other. They curse each other to become rivers, and to carry within them, by washing, the sins of their human worshippers. Shri Vishnu arrives and decides to calm the situation by separating the goddesses. He orders Sarasvati to become the wife of Brahma, Ganga to become the wife of Lord Shiva, and Maa Lakshmi, as the blameless conciliator, to remain as his own wife. Ganga and Sarasvati, however, are so distraught at this dispensation, that Shri Vishnu is forced to take back his words. Consequently, in their lives as rivers they are still thought to be with him.
It is Lord Shiva's relationship with Ganga, that is the best-known in Ganga theology. Her descent is a continuously occurring one in which she is forever falling from heaven into Shivas locks and being forever tamed. Hence Lord Shiva is depicted as Gangadhara, the "Bearer of the Ganga". The Shiva-Ganga relationship is both perpetual and intimate. Shiva is sometimes called Uma-Ganga-Patiswara ("Husband and Lord of Uma (Parvati) and Ganga". Ganga is the shakti or the moving, restless, rolling energy in the form of which the otherwise recluse and unapproachable Shiva appears on earth. Ganga is also the mother of Hindu worship and culture, accepting all and forgiving all. Once Ganga came down to Earth, her rushing waters created turbulence and destroyed the fields and the sadhana of a sage Jahnu. He got angry and drank all of Ganga's waters. Gods prayed to Jahnu to release Ganga so that she could proceed on her mission. Jahnu then released Ganga from his ears. Hence the name Jahnavi, daughter of Jahnu. #sacred#artist@ramesstudios