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New Delhi: The government will make ganga jal—water from the holy river Ganga—available through online sellers, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.

“We would get requests if by vast network of people, ganga jal can be made available to the people. I learnt it on field visits. I have directed my department to provide for a network using e-commerce platform so that people of India can get shudh (pure) ganga jal from Haridwar/Rishikesh. We assure you all that we will take proactive steps to address the cultural needs of the people of India," Prasad said.

The government is expected to rope in the postal department to make deliveries of Ganga water.

Last year India Post sold holy water from the river Godavari sourced during the auspicious Pushkaram period from 14 to 25 July 2015.

As per Hindu traditions, Pushkaram is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major rivers that are considered sacred in India. It was Godavari’s turn last year.

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