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Antibacterial Nature of Ganga Jal (Ganges Water)

Antibacterial Nature of Ganga Jal (Ganges Water)



Hindus have always believed Ganga Jal to be pure, pious and drinkable no matter what. Much reverence is given to Ganga water during Hindu rituals (from birth to death). But is there really any scientific validity to prove it?

In 1896, Ernest Hanbury Hankin (a British bacteriologist) after testing the water from Ganga wrote a paper that was published in French Journal describing that the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae that causes the deadly cholera, when put into the waters of Ganga died within three hours. The same bacteria continued to thrive in distilled water even after 48 hours. He also suggested that the water of this river and its tributary Yamuna were responsible for containing the spread of deadly cholera in the region in those days.

Similarly in 1927, Félix d’Herelle (a French-Canadian microbiologist) was amazed to find no germs at all in water collected just few feet below the floating bodies of people who died of cholera and dysentery. The presence of bacteriophages (viruses that kill bacteria) in the water of Ganges is considered as the reason behind this quality and its purity.

BUT, Ganga is a spiritually pure, but physically impure river. We need to clean our mess and make it PURE and CLEAN once again!

After all Ganga is not just a spiritual lifeline of Hindus but a LIFELINE for many others who depend on it…

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4 Responses to "Antibacterial Nature of Ganga Jal (Ganges Water)"

  1. shanker  January 11, 2015 at 3:32 am

    anyway we should ban floating bodies in ganga that is sad

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  2. Rajen  August 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    i guess clean up of Ganga project is way behind schedule…i know of ashes being immersed but why are there dead bodies floating…(((;-

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  3. Sunthar  October 31, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Jai Ganga Ma…. Thanks to Mr Modi government for ongoing Ganga cleaning efforts

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  4. Neeraj  October 31, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Why dont we raise money via facebook or online donations? Even a few dollars per person can help raise a lot of money to clean up the mess.

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