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Ganga is a Hindu river goddess, mentioned in Puranic tests, and guardian of the Ganges. The elder daughter of Himavan and Mena, she is the sister of Parvati and the consort of Vishnu and Agni. Ganga is regarded as the symbol of purity and is depicted with Brahma washing the foot of Vishnu Trivikrama. According to tradition she was a heavenly river brought to earth and caught by Vishnu in his hair to soften the shock of her fall. She rides on a fish or water monster. Her color is white, and attributes are the fly whisk, lotus, and water jar. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, pp. 86-87

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