Ganges River, Hindi Ganga, awesome stream of the fields of the northern Indian subcontinent. Albeit formally and additionally prevalently called the Ganga in Hindi and in other Indian dialects, universally it is known by its customary name, the Ganges. From time immemorial it has been the sacred waterway of Hinduism. For a large portion of its course it is a wide and languid stream, moving through a standout amongst the most fruitful and thickly populated areas on the planet. Notwithstanding its significance, its length of 1,560 miles (2,510 km) is moderately short contrasted and the other awesome waterways of Asia or of the world.

Ascending in the Himalayas and exhausting into the Bay of Bengal, it channels one-fourth of the domain of India, and its bowl underpins a huge number of individuals. Most of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, crosswise over which it streams, is the heartland of the locale known as Hindustan and has been the support of progressive civic establishments from the Mauryan realm of Ashoka in the third century bce to the Mughal Empire, established in the sixteenth century.

For the vast majority of its course the Ganges moves through Indian domain, despite the fact that its extensive delta in the Bengal region, which it offers with the Brahmaputra River, lies for the most part in Bangladesh. The general course of the waterway's stream is from northwest to southeast. At its delta the stream is for the most part southward.

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