Bhagiratha prayed for Brahama to bring Ganga down to Earth to cleanse the souls of his relatives and release them to heaven. Brahma agreed, and ordered Ganga down to the Earth and then to the nether regions. Ganga felt that this was insulting and decided to sweep the whole Earth away as she fell. Alarmed, Bhagiratha prayed to Shiva that he break up Ganga's descent. Ganga fell on Shiva's head, but Shiva trapped her in his hair and let her out in small streams.