Ganges; 2 Definition(s)


Ganges means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

[Ganges in Hinduism glossaries]

Ganges (गंगा): A holy river in Northern India, believed to be a goddess by Hindus (see Ganges in Hinduism), Equivalent Ganges, The story of the birth of the Ganges was told to Rama and Laxmana by Vishvamitra.

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India history and geogprahy

[Ganges in India history glossaries]

Ganges civilization.—Nearly a millennium after the Indus civilization had collapsed, the Ganges civilization arose in the first millennium BCE. Among the first cities to emerge in the Ganges plains from about 800 BCE were Mathura, Kanyakubja (modern Kanauj), Kauśāmbi and Vārāṇasī (Benares) in today’s Uttar Pradesh, Rājagṛha (Rajgir) and Vaiśalī in Bihar. But this urban development extended beyond the Ganges valley, as testified by Takṣaśilā (Taxila, today in northern Pakistan), Ujjayinī (Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh) or Śiśupālgarh (probably the ancient Kaliṅganagar, near Bhubaneswar in Odisha).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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