This was a lesson to Ganga to be sure, but a heart-braking disappointment to
Bhageeratha. There was nothing for him but to propitiate Siva with tapas. This he did to
such good purpose that Siva took pity on him and gently let out the waters of Ganga in
Bindu Saras from where they flowed down in seven small separate streams.
Three of them flowed west and three east;
and the seventh river followed Bhageeratha who was full of joy at the approaching
salvation of his ancestors.