accords great importance to rivers and calls them goddesses. They not only
irrigate crops, but help humanity in several ways. Due to their association with
the highest celestials, they are worshipped at their sources and other places
like confluence, and pining the seas. Due to their perennial flow of sweet
water, they are aptly named jeevanadhis.
These river goddesses purge of the sins
of mankind. Undoubtedly a dip, or even sip of river water is believed to shower
multifarious blessings. People crave for bath in them, specifically on eclipse
and New moon days. Orthodox Hindus offer pindas - oblation to their manes in the
holy rivers. Much more can be said of their sacrosanct glory and hence almost
all major temples are built on the banks of rivers. Pilgrim centres situated ,n
their banks are called thirtha kshetras.