IMTECH microbiologists find healing properties in Ganga water

It is for the first time, scientists have come across new viruses.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published:September 24, 2016 12:43 pm
ganga, holy ganga, ganga healing, ganga water healing, ganga water properties, ganga water miracles File photo of River Ganga. Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi.

Indian scientists have validated the scientific basis of the mysterious ‘special power’ of the water of Ganga, which Hindus consider as ‘Brahm Dravya’ or divine elixir.

Microbiologists from the Chandigarh-based Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), who had studied the special characteristics of Ganges water have found, for the first time, several Bacteriophages, which keeps it non-putrefying. Bacteriophage is a type of virus that eats bacteria.

This resolves the mystery for the self-purifying properties of Ganga water.

“Analysis of the fresh water sedimentary metagenome-viromes revealed that the holy river Ganges not only house novel viromes, but also include unexplored double stranded DNA viruses,” The Indian Science Journal quotes Dr. Shanmugam Mayilraj, Senior Principal Scientist at the CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, as saying.

It is for the first time, scientists have come across new viruses.

Dr. Mayilraj said, the fresh water sediments from the Ganges house several novel viruses, which were never reported earlier. These bacteriophages are active against certain clinical isolates, or viral strains and can be used against multi-drug resistant or MDR infections.

Dr. Mayilraj and his team has identified 20-25 interesting viruses, which can be used for treatment of tuberculosis (Mycobacterium), typhoid (Salmonella), pneumonia (Klebsiella and Acinetobactor), cholera (Vibrio), dysentery (Shigella), diarrhoea (Aeromonoas) meningitis (Cronobacter), etc.

The IMTECH team has already collected samples, during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon period from the Haridwar to Varanasi stretch of the Ganges, which is highly polluted. They would now collect water samples from Yamuna and Narmada rivers for a comparative study to see, how water in the Ganges is different.

The study was commissioned by federal Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry, headed by Uma Bharati in November, 2014. Besides IMTECH, Nagpur-based National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), National Botanical Research Institute, Indian Institute Toxicology Research and Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, all in Lucknow are part the project. The consolidated report of all the Labs involved in the current study would be submitted to the government by December 2016.

Several scientists in the past – Indian and international, have found certain clinical properties of Ganga water, but it is for the credit of microbiologists of IMTECH to identify them.

The River Ganges has a special place for devout Hindus, who consider it sacred and personification of Goddess Ganga. They believe a dip in the holy river on certain days purify them of their sins and facilitates Moksha or liberation from the cycle of life and death, as water of Ganga is considered very pure.

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    pravee
    Sep 25, 2016 at 1:29 am
    Ganga should be falling form the head of Shiva? Shiva is sitting in Himalayas. Augustus.. Lird Ganesha head was cut off by Shiva? Creator is actually Brahma right? then How come Ganesha was created by PArvathi and again the life was given by Shiva.. Actual Vedas were changed by Brahmins for their personal benefits..I think so.. They want aam janatha to believe these things blindly without any question. If any kids asks for the authenticated question then they were shouted.. Sh shsshhhh!!! No question!! In Hinduism if you don't bring the religion, they upper caste or politicians cannot sustain. There is some thing whether it is good or bad that human nature need follow some one blindly. No people has to fight who is good or who is bad and so on. Every one is belongs to one father and mother, but it was dis-pursed as each era and age was ped on. People does not want, what is next world, most of the people as weak mentality which human was being created by God. Before the Islam entered in India, In hindus had 1000's kingdoms or regions, 100's and 1000's of beliefs. After the Islamic invaders and the British the stance of India changed due to its nature and cultures follows and mixtures. Every age and every region there will be some thing starts and ends for a certain period. At-least the Muslims taught us how to be united after cutting the barriers within 100's regions, sati systems etc.lt;br/gt;The First human-man was started from the Indian subcontinent and the first
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      pravee
      Sep 25, 2016 at 1:48 am
      The First human-man was started from the Indian subcontinent then was srilanka and the first women was started or moved from damascus as we refer from the religious books, especially in Quran are Adam and Eve peace be upon them. 4 to 5 big disasters took place ever on in our world on the earth by the Creator. Water level changed and few sub continents were being created as separate. You need to have some clue and witness for any reason. Religion is required to follow the truth but not foolish believes. The views and cultures again takes changes after few ages until the end of days. Few people believes in God and Few people wont believe, but one thing the truth is Humans and all living things they have to die one day without fail, non can give or have life for ever. We have nature to understand that there is some one who is creating and runs the w universe, who has no partners. If there are partners they will fight each other to implement the things and it may become worse. Even when we take one seed and plant it in your garden and if you takes care of it and then later it leads thousands and lakhs but those lakhs and thousands exactly came from one seed. There is no one like him or nothing like him and in Quran it referred Creator as Allah. If there is the concept of more Gods and Goddesses then always there will be fights among the Gods and the people and the same culture and un-equality is followed in HINDUISM OR Hindu scripts, which the original contents might have changed for the years. Each time Creator has to send the guides to teach people to the right path. The Water from Mecca, there are lots of pilgrims brings the holy water and drinks even after 10 years or 20 years nothing will change the purity. I tested it after 6 years which is nothing changed in the taste.
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        Augustus
        Sep 24, 2016 at 7:49 am
        This is as same as plastic surgery of Lord Ganesha, please stop this religious bull shi.t, if that's the case why clean Ganga, we can drink all its filth, OMG, where are we going?
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          Samurai Jack
          Jul 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm
          YOU ED SON OF AN INCESTUOUS , KEEP YOUR SHUT IF YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT RIVER GANGA!!!!
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            Samurai Jack
            Jul 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm
            YOU ED SON OF AN INCESTUOUS , KEEP YOUR SHUT IF YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT RIVER GANGA!!!!
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