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?


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