River Goddess in her Journey from Myths to Temples
According to a story in Puranas, the Sage Bhagiratha through his penance led to descent of the goddess Ganga on Earth for the salvation of his ancestors in accordance with traditions. Ganga was therefore called Bhagirathi.
This rock cut panel from Mahabalipuram gives the graphic detail of this Puranic story.
Dr. Shatarupa Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.