Draupadi Trust, founded by Neera Misra, organised an exhibition “Ganga Utsav” at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. Explaining the historical dynamics of the rise of Ganga and Ganga culture, the exhibition touched on various important aspects of the river Ganga. The main objective of the trust was to revive the deep cultural connect with Maa Ganga, for sustainable healthy present and future generations.
The Ganga River Civilisation has played the most significant part in our culture and history since time immemorial. It nurtured and sustained our country’s life systems and spirituality. Through ages it influenced culturally, not just current Bharata, but also the ancient larger Aryavarta areas as well as nations across the world.
The exhibition showcased the multifaceted aspects of Maa Ganga, how it travelled with human kind, living and changing itself and reacting to our actions. Also showcased Ganga in text as recited by many poets in the past, showed the archaeology and geology of Ganga, cities of Ganga banks, Ganga in art, Ganga in tradition and rituals, Ganga in society and Ganga through foreigners accounts.
“Every major ancient text mentions Ganga’s spiritual powers. From RigVeda, Smrti Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas, the motivating slokas in different text give us an idea of the supreme position of River Ganga in the life of people. Ganga Stuti, Astakam and hymns enrich us’’ says Neera Misra, the founder of the trust.
Considered as the holiest rivers, the Ganga is revered by Indians through the age. From a holy ‘dip’ to transform one’s life it has indeed been a lifeline to the spiritualists and non-spiritualists alike. The social, economic and spiritual life of millions revolves around Ganga when it is used and misused.
According to Neera Misra, the founder of Draupadi Trust, “the Vedas are the gift of the Sarasvati River and the epic Mahabharata, the fifth Veda, is the endowment of the Ganga. The two together evolved the great tradition of the pan-Indian integrative culture that in many ways has characterized the real history of India over the last several millennia. But unfortunately river Saraswathi is just a name in the history today and the other is in the clutches of destruction. My only fear is we need to save Maa Ganga before we destroy it. So my initiative is an appeal to all that we need to save our river as it is us who needs Maa Ganga. It is not Ganga who needs us”.