The River of Life — Jai ho Ganga Maiyya Ki

I came across this interesting article on NPR while scanning my RSS feeds real quick today. Thought I'd share (didn't actually catch the program on Radio, but I will be listening to the complete article shortly).

Excerpts from the site —

Mystery Factor Gives Ganges a Clean Reputation

by Julian Crandall Hollick
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The fourth report in a six-part series

Weekend Edition Sunday, December 16, 2007 ·

Hindus have always believed that water from India's Ganges River has extraordinary powers. The Indian emperor Akbar called it the "water of immortality" and always traveled with a supply. The British East India Co. used only Ganges water on its ships during the three-month journey back to England, because it stayed "sweet and fresh."

Indians have always claimed it prevents diseases, but are the claims wives' tales or do they have scientific substance?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17134270&ft=1&f=1001

 

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