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Banganga Tank

Stopped to get some sore throat tablets. Not a good sign … This area had so many pharmacies … what is this saying?

Down many steps knowing that we will just have to climb back up. But it was worth it.


By now the light was quickly fading but I’m glad my lens captured this sight. I thought that if you take out the water and with its tiered steps around all 4 edges, turn it into a stadium for concerts or sports.

The 135 meter long and 10 meter deep tank was built over the spring, which continues to provide a flow of fresh water.










Fables of Banganga Tank

The origin of Banganga Tank is steeped in legend dating all the way back to the Hindu epic, the Ramayana (which is said to have been written about three centuries before the birth of Christ). Apparently, Lord Ram stopped there to seek the blessing of a sage, while on his way to Sri Lanka to save his wife Sita from the evil clutches of demon king Ravana.

When he was thirsty, he shot his baan (arrow) into the ground and a freshwater tributary of the Ganga (Ganges) River sprouted from below the surface. Hence, the name Banganga. Now, a pole in the middle of the tank marks the spot where Ram's arrow pierced the earth.


Posted by bruceontour 12:36 Archived in India Tagged banganga_tank

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