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Grandson of Sagara
descendent of Ganga on Earth
|Affiliation||devotee of Maa Ganga|
Bhagiratha (Sanskrit: भगीरथ, bhagīratha) was a great king who brought the River Ganges, personified as the river goddess Ganga, to Earth from the heavens. When he was prince of Sagara Dynasty, he did penance for a thousand years on the advice of his guru Trithala, to gain the release his 60,000 great-uncles from the curse of saint Kapila which eventually led to descent of the goddess Ganga in the form of the river Ganges, to the earth. To commemorate his efforts, the head stream of the river is called Bhagirathi, till it meets Alaknanda River at Devprayag.
- Mankodi, Kirit (1973) "Gaṅgā Tripathagā"Artibus Asiae 35(1/2): pp. 139-144, p. 140