Following the river Ganges for 2500 kilometers from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, Life and Death on the River Ganges is a comprehensive documentary that explores India's religious, philosophical and spirtiual traditions along the banks of the Ganges River. It reflects upon the ancient practices that are contributing to and endangered by the current crisis of pollution that is destroying the most sacred of India's rivers.
Traveling from Gaumukh, the source of the holy Ganges, to Gangasagar, where the river enters the sea, this program acquaints viewers with some of India’s venerable cultural traditions—and reflects on environmental factors that are steadily destroying this sacred Indian waterway.
The Durga Puja Festival at Gangnani, a wedding procession in Haridwar, ritual bathing at Allahabad, and ritual cremation and evening puja at Varanasi are featured, and the dual impacts of global warming and severe water pollution are addressed.
Commentary is provided by academics, yoga master Swami Vivekananda, an Aghori baba, and others. Some content may be objectionable.