I am the shark among the fishes, and the Ganges among the rivers – Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.
Ganga (Ganges) is India’s most sacred river. The last three Vedas (Yajur, Sama & Atharva) gave much importance to Ganga; however, the oldest Veda (Rigveda) revered Indus and Saraswati as the holiest of Indian rivers. Ganges is also the longest of Indian rivers. Apart from its religious significance, it is also the lifeline to millions of Indians who depend on its fertile plains. We have always considered Ganga and its water to have extraordinary powers and here are top 10 little known facts about Ganga that will prove it truly is one of its kinds in the world.
10. Ganges Dolphin
The Ganges river dolphin was declared India’s National Aquatic Animal in 2009. The Ganges River Dolphin used to exist in large numbers near the urban centers in both the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. It is now seriously threatened by pollution and dam construction. Their numbers have now dwindled to a quarter of their numbers fifteen years ago. They have become extinct in the Ganges’s main tributaries. There are several marine dolphins, whose ranges include some freshwater habitats, but there are only four dolphin species that live only in freshwater rivers and lakes and Ganges river dolphin is one of them.