There is a very popular song in Kannada:
"Descend, O Mother, descend,
From the tresses of Lord Shiva,
From under the feet of Lord Vishnu,
Come gliding down to the Earth..."
The eminent Kannada poet Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre wrote this song,
Gangavatarana. Th word 'Gangavatarana' means 'Th Descent of Gangavatarana
Ganga was formed in Heaven and then came down to the Earth - to Bharat. Then there was
plentiful crop. Life and civilization prospered People became cultured. Nothing is holier
than the Ganga in this world.
You would naturally ask - "How did Ganga come to the Earth from Heaven?" It
is a long story. And an interesting one.