Theme: Mythology

The Ganga Mythos

In the glaciered stillness
Of Gangotri
Ice growls in deliquesce
Into the history of eons,
Escaping its incarceration,
Fulfilling a prophecy and
Concluding the world
In an aqueous moksha.

If we can sedulously
Reach its provenance
And enter the Ganga mythos
We can step into
Its Gowmukh-shaped mouth
And climb out wheezing wet
Into the refracted blue
Of cavernous Tapovan and
Transfigure the moment.

The mighty Ganga arises in the Gangotri glacier and then passes through the fertile Doab region, the impenetrable Sunderban swamps, before it enters the Bay of Bengal. In its long journey it creates regional borders, religious identities and mythical paradigms that are both complex and intriguing. Those born in towns along the banks of the Ganga can feel a close connection with the holy river. Nurtured by its water and produce, they can feel a bonding with the Ganga that pulls them to it wherever they may be.

Image © Mukesh Williams


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