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‘THE Ganges first sees the light of day when it emerges from an ice cave above Gan­gotri, 13,800 feet up in the Garhwal Hi­malayas. Hin­dus be­lieve that it was from this cave that Ganga, the daugh­ter of King Hi­ma­vat and the nymph, Mena, was per­suaded to come down to Earth by Bha­gi­ratha, a de­scen­dant of King Sa­gar, in or­der to re­deem from hell the souls of the sixty thou­sand sons of the king who had been re­duced to ashes by a holy man whom they had slighted.’

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