It was evening when they reached the river Sona. There they rested for the night,
Viswaamitra recounting to Rama and Lakshmana the history of the place. Getting up in the
morning, they continued their journey and crossed another river, not very deep, and by
noon they were at the Ganga.
They bathed in the holy river and the
rishis made lustrations to their forbears. They improvised an aashrama there, performed
their pujas and cooked their food. Meal over, they sat round Viswaamitra who, at
the request of the two princes, told the story of the Ganga. Himavaan, king of
mountains and his spouse, Manorama, had two daughters of whom Ganga was the elder.
Himavaan sent her to the land of the Devas in response to their request and she dwelt with
them. Uma, the younger, won the favour of Siva and became his spouse.