STORY: Devotees took a holy bath in the sacred river and worshipped Goddess 'Ganga', as they wished for the prosperity and welfare of humankind.
The festival commemorates the descent of the river on earth, which is revered as a goddess according to Hindu beliefs.
The Ganges is arguably one of the most revered rivers in the world. It is worshipped by the Hindus, who make up about 80 per cent of India's 1.3 billion people. They call it 'Ganga Mata', or Mother Ganga, and believe a dip in the river absolves a lifetime of sins.