Rivers are the lifelines of every creature on earth and we can't imagine a life without them. It is facinating to see how they originate as a small spring and further become large rivers that flows for several kilometers. In this article, let us take a virtual tour around the birthplaces of famous rivers that originate in India.
Gaumukh - Gangotri Glacier
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Ganga - Gangotri Glacier
The ever-famous Ganga river originates in the Gangotri Glacier of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand. Gangotri Glacier is surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan peaks. This beautiful place is also a well-known pilgrimage site. Interestingly, a place called Goumukh near Gangotri Glacier is the source of Bhagirathi river which is one of the major tributaries of Ganga. Gangotri Glacier is an exciting place as you have to trek through the mountainous landscapes to reach the holy spot.
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Godavari - Triambakeshwar
Godavari, which is known as the 'Dakshin Ganga' is the second largest river in India after Ganges. It originates in the Western Ghats near the holy place of Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra. Triambakeshwar is known for the ancient Shiva Temple which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. After originating on the hills near Triambakeshwar, Godavari River flows to Kusavarta Kund (a holy pond) in the temple complex. This pond is considered as one of the primary sources of River Godavari. She flows for several kilometers and joins Bay of Bengal in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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Yamuna - Yamunotri
Yamunotri is one of the most sacred places in the Hindu religion. It is the source of river Yamuna, a tributary of the river Ganga. Yamunotri in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand is also one of the pilgrimage sites in the Chota Char Dham Yatra circuit. Actually, the primary source of Yamuna is Champasar Glacier ( a frozen lake in the glacier) but it is not accessible. So, a temple is built at the foot of the hill which is visited by many devotees. Yamunotri Temple opens on the day of Akshay Tritiya (April - May) and closes during the time of Deepavali.
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Narmada - Narmada Kund (Amarkantak)
Narmada is one of the longest west flowing rivers in the Penninsular India. Narmada River originates in Narmada Kund at Amarkantak of Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is one of the sacred places as it is the birthplace of the three rivers namely, Narmada, the Son River and Johila River. Amarkantak at the confluence of Satpura and Vindhya Ranges is one of the beautiful places in Madhya Pradesh.
Krishna Bai Temple
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Krishna - Mahabaleshwar
Krishna River is also one of the largest West flowing rivers in India. A place called Jor Village near the hill station of Mahabaleshwar is the primary source of the Krishna River. Krishna Bai Temple or Krishna Devi Temple is where Krishna River is said to originate near Mahabaleshwar. There is a small spring in this ancient temple and the water which flows from the mouth of a bull statue is said to be the Krishna River.
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Kaveri - Talakaveri
River Kaveri is one of the largest rivers in South India. She originates in the Western Ghats of Karnataka in the Brahmagiri Hills. A small spring at Talakaveri in Coorg is said to be the primary source of Kaveri. Talakaveri is one of the holy places at the foothills of Brahmagiri in Coorg.
Isn't it amazing to know about the birth places of these awesome rivers in India? Looks like you are planning to take a trip and a holy dip in these rivers.
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