In discussing the unlimited grace of the Ganga, Eck cites a common Indian saying that “no child is too dirty to be embraced by its mother”. Indeed mother Ganga embraces everyone and everything that is put into her (or that she enters).
Eck describes the creative power of the Ganga as “liquid Shakti ”, evidenced by the fertility of fields along her banks and her position as a second consort and active principle of Shiva .
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