Even sages and saints are not
disassociated, nor are the god men eliminated from their ken. The examples of
the Ganga and Yamuna, originating in the lap of the highest Himalayas, going by
the musical names Gangotri and Yamunotri, or Godavari at Triyambak, or Bhima at Bhimasankar etc. answer the point
in question and serve the purpose well with
their long and enchanting stories. The read like romances, but they are
received with mixed feelings; for, the pur religionist offer mental prayers on
listening, and decide to avail the earliest opportunity to reach to offering obeisance and cleansing the gross
and dross settling on their bodies, whereas
the rationalist chucklingaudibly close the book uttering "Damn it".
Well, tastes differ, and attitudes have their ends. As the Indian tradition
considers the rivers as Goddesses, their beginning gains some more colour, and
flashes extra light. And at each of the source there are sacred shrines
dedicated to some deity or the other, other than the river Goddess. Hence pilgrimage
is undertaken with a zeal unique and devotion emulating.