Kanpur, June 13 (ANI): Hindu devotees in Kanpur city of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday made an attempt to create a record by offering a 51,000 meter-long cloth to holy river Ganges to mark Hindu festival, ‘Ganga Dussehra’, which commemorates birth of the river on earth. The 51,000 meter-long cloth extends from Bramhavrat Ghat area at one end of Kanpur and touches Jajmau area at the city’s other end and was organised by volunteers in collaboration with Kanpur’s main shrine of Lord Shiv.
Devout Hindus in Kanpur took a holy dip in the river Ganges, prayed for their ancestors and sought the blessings of the Hindu goddess Ganga to get rid of their sins. Priests performed traditional Hindu rituals and chanted hymns on the banks of the river. Women and girls offered prayers for the well being of their families. The first 10 days of the month of June are said to honour the presence of river Ganges in India.
According to a myth, the Ganges was gifted to mankind in answer to the penance undertaken by King Bhagirath of the legendary Sagara dynasty. Bhagirath prayed for the Ganges to descend onto the earth to wash the ashes of his dead brothers to give them salvation.
However, another event organiser, said the attempt is to make the new federal government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi clean and purify part of the river that flows through Kanpur. The pollution of the river Ganges has been a major concern for environmentalists and Hindu ascetics as well who regard the river as holy.