This is a collision of 2 Hindu starting points. There are 3 foundational gods: Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the engine/system of life on earth, and Shiva, the destroyer. And it’s here on the Ganges, one of the 4 mothers. The actual human mother, mother India, mother cow, and mother Ganges.
I may have that totally wrong. Nothing would be easier, it’s complicated.
The forecast is for 105F/41C in a few days and the humidity its rising. Tourist season for gringos is over. But not for the Indians who come to the ghats, in huge numbers, for this devotional event twice a day, 365 days a year.