TEXT 48
kabhu sisu-sange snana karila gangate
kanyagana aila tahan devata pujite
SYNONYMS
kabhu—sometimes; sisu-sange—along with other children; snana—bathing; karila—did; gangate—in the Ganges; kanya-gana—the girls; aila—came there; tahan—on the bank of the Ganges; devata—demigods; pujite—to worship.
TRANSLATION
Sometimes the Lord would go with other children to bathe in the Ganges, and the neighboring girls would also come there to worship various demigods.
PURPORT
According to the Vedic system, when small girls ten or twelve years old would go to the bank of the Ganges to take their bath, they would especially worship Lord Siva with prayers to get good husbands in the future. They especially wanted to get a husband like Lord Siva because Lord Siva is very peaceful and at the same time most powerful. Formerly, therefore, small girls in Hindu families would worship Lord Siva, especially in the month of Vaisakha (April-May). To take a bath in the Ganges is a great pleasure for everyone, not only for adults but for children also.

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