River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

• The Ganges River, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Holy Ganges begins as a crystal-clear river with the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas. It ranks third in the world for water content after the Amazon and the Congo. But the farther flows the sacred Ganges, the dirtier it gets. His "kill" all the way human waste and industrial effluents, transforming the river into a toxic reservoir.

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

let's follow over the great river from mountain source to the metropolis of Calcutta, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal.

This river nearly a billion Hindus worship. It is a major source of water for 400 million people - more than any other river in the world.

1. It is the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi inflows, hence the Ganges begins. Ganges tributaries differ in several kinds of type and origin. First it rivers and streams, which are formed in the Western Himalayas near the Gangotri glacier

Here, it is purely in Devprayag. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Sin is not bathe. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

where - in complete harmony with nature. Here Hindu priests sit in a cave and pray on the river Ganges in Devprayag. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Ganges in Hindu mythology - the celestial river, which came down to earth and became the River Ganges. Since ancient times, it is considered a sacred river for Hindus. But let's move on. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

The evening prayer on the River Ganges in Haridwar. Haridwar city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand is one of the seven main sacred cities of Hinduism. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Here the river is still clean, but already shows signs of the beginning of the troubles. Thousands of Indians every day immersed in the Ganges water, believing that it frees life from sin. This also dipped and figures of gods. Some of the gods are and remain forever. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

The youth bathed in the river Ganges in Kanpur. This is one of the most populated cities of India in Uttar Pradesh. Located on the River Ganges in the south of Lucknow.

And something not so - it is clear that the water is very dirty and opaque. In India people drink water from the river, use it to irrigate crops, washed and then erased. Children bathing in the Ganges, are regularly treated for diseases transmitted through water - dysentery, cholera and severe diarrhea, which is one of the leading causes of infant mortality here. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

In the industrial city of Kanpur water becomes dark gray. Industrial waste and sewage poured into the river without hesitation. For example, leather and leather products. What to do with the black technical drains? Of course in the Ganges. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Raw leather industry. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

In these places on its surface Ganges has foam floating clouds. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

In one section of the river at all turns red. This is all the city of Kanpur. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

the Ganges River in the city of Kanpur. Yes, absolutely it is no longer like a pure river with the first photographs. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Another industrial dirty drain flowing into the Ganges. Goats is better to step over it. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Another discharge of sewage. Wastewater flow in the river Ganga Kanpur. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

And we already in Mirzapur - a city in northern India, in Uttar Pradesh. Sewage flows from the living quarters directly into the sacred river. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Near the river flows into some commercial stuff with foam. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Where dumped household garbage in Mirzapur? Of course on the banks of the Ganges. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Varanasi (letters. "Between two rivers) is considered a holy city for Buddhists and all the most holy place in the world in Hinduism (as the center of the earth in Hindu cosmology). One of the oldest cities in the world and probably the oldest in India.

The muddy water is dipped his head, rinse the throat, drink. Next to wash clothes. Women do not have swimsuits, here it decided to swim fully clothed. A hundred meters above flow is conducted ritual cremation and dropped into the water from the ash Ganga pyre. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Near relatives of the deceased dipped his body into the river. At this point, the Ganges has no resemblance to what used to be descended from the Himalayas. This is the mess. Although sacred. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

Immersion in the sacred Ganges comes to cremation. After cremation the ashes gets here though. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

In the surrounding clean boy. It's all Varanasi. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

This is Calcutta. It looks like the Ganges. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

In Calcutta, next to the river is a large brick factory, all the wastewater from which also fall into the river. More than two-thirds of the wastewater produced in 118 cities along the Ganges River, flow into the river without treatment. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui | Reuters):

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination

And here is the water lapped out of the river Ganges in Calcutta. You do not want?

River Ganges, from squeaky clean to the terrible contamination