The Ganga is considered to be most sacred river in India and it originates as river Bhagirathi from Gaumukh Glacier in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. Bhagirathi after it’s confluence with river Alaknanda at Devprayag is known as the Ganga.
From ancient traditions, Gangajal (Ganga water) is used for various religious and auspicious works. Whether it’s birth of child or death of a person, everyone is purified with the Gangajal holy water.
Depends, where it is collected from!
In the hill areas, the Gangajal water is considered safe to drink, while in plain areas (where contaminated elements in different forms, get mixed in the river by various other sources) is not found drinkable. One should check the various reports generated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India, to identify such areas.
The best efforts are being made by the Govt. of India (under Namami Gange project) to clean the holy river Ganges.
For drinkable Gangajal, one must should check the FSSAI license of the Firm, and also the location of the manufacturing unit for where the certificate is issued by the authorities.
The water of holy river Ganga does not get spoiled easily and can be stored for long time. It is thus believed to have a purifying effect and is one of the reasons behind faith on the river as Goddess., who can wash every person’s sins.
The scientific reason is that water of river Ganga is naturally having bacteriophages, which do not allow bacterial growth.
It is said that keeping Gangajal holy water in the house enhances the happiness and prosperity of the house. Moreover, Gangajal is considered the holy water for daily deity idol bathe, jalabhishek, aryghya, and other Hindu rituals & occasions.
The holy Gangajal should be kept in a neat and clean place. It should be kept in pure metallic vessels made of copper, brass, or silver while using for pooja and other auspicious occasions.
The holy Gangajal is used for daily deity idol bathe, Shivlingam Jalabhishek, Surya arghy, Tulsi arghy, Janeu Sanskaar, Sprinkling in house or business place / shop, and various other rituals and auspicious occasions.
No business / organization is approved / authorized by the Govt. of Uttarakhand to pack and supply Gangajal from Gangotri town. Pilgrims can pick Gangajal without need of any permission from Gangotri. Few firms claim to supply Gangajal directly from Ganggotri, check their credentials.
Many firms are claiming to supply Gangajal of Gaumukh Glacier (the origin point of river Bhagirathi / Ganges) – that too is misleading. Gaumukh is 18 km trek (each side) from Gangotri, and one need permit from Govt of Uttarakhand, even to trek there, so picking Gangajal for business is not possible.
Now, few firms are approved and authorized by the Dept of Irrigation of Govt of Uttarakhand to draw water from river Bhagirathi to supply it commercially; but not all of them are registered with Department of Industry (which is the very first requirement to do business in Uttarakhand), Pollution Department, and various other departments.
Beware, of the fake claims.
PahariHaat is duly approved and authorized by all concerned departments of Govt of Uttarakhand to draw, pack, and supply holy Gangajal of piour river Bhagirathi. We have our plant near Uttarkashi in Gangotri valley.
Only from a Government authorized firm, which is legally licensed to draw, pack, and supply the holy Gangajal.
One must should check the valid FSSAI license of the firm, so that you can use it for aachman also.
Punyada Gangajal is an authentic, genuine, holy, and pure Gangajal, and is supplied directly from it’s plant near Uttarkashi in Gangotri Valley of the Himalayas.
The legally licensed / authorized drawer and packer of holy Gangajal has to pay royalty charges to the Government to draw water from river Bhagirathi / Ganga. Also, the plant situated in Gangotri valley has higher running cost in terms of procuring raw material (e.g. bottles, packing material etc.), and then expensive transportation in hilly area. Thus, it makes the authentic, genuine, and pure Gangajal a bit expensive.
Yes, A Government approved firm pay royalty charges to the Government to draw water from river Bhagirathi. Then license fee to various Government departments, water filtration cost, packing, and transport are investment of a Gangajal packaging firm.
We can’t call distribution of Gangajal part of ecommerce. It’s just making sure everyone gets a part of our culture at their doorsteps by paying some cost for it.
It saves a lot of time and money of people, who can’t visit themselves to pick Gangajal from holy river Bhagirathi.