There are some major holiest Rivers in India. The Eight rivers are counted as the holy rivers of India, one of the most holiest river in India is Ganga or The Gange. Rivers are India’s lifeline and enjoy a special place in prayers and its traditional practices. Most of the holy places in India like, Varanasi, Haridwar, Talakaveri, Nasik, Ujjain and Patna are situated along with the bank of seven holy rivers.
The Ganges, originates in the Himalayas at Gaumukh flowing into the bay of Bay of Bengal is the most sacred river of India and the longest river in India. The river has been declared as India’s “National River” and the Gange dolphins are also declared as the national aquatic animal of India. Ganga is a spiritual center because the people of India rely on it for most of the life functions in the area. A holy dip in the river Ganga is believed to absolve all from the accumulated sins.
The source of River Yamuna source is Saptarishi Kund. The place also abodes a temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna which is opened only from June to October. Going by the Indian mythology, Yamuna is the one of the consorts of Lord Krishna. Yamuna is also believed to be an offspring of ‘Surya’, the Sun God. Yamuna along with Ganga is considered as the holiest rivers in India.
Saraswati is an ancient river that flowed in northern India during the vedic era. Although the river does not have a physical existence today, the ancient river lost in the desert. The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati,of these three The legendary Saraswati River is invisible and is said to flow underground and join the other two rivers from below and the point of confluence is a sacred place for Hindus.
The River Godavari originates near Trimbak in Nashik and flows towards the Eastern Ghats and finally merges into Bay of Bengal. Godavari is the second largest river and considered to be one of the seven holy rivers. Kumbh Mela held at Nashik is well known as an important centre of pilgrimage in India because of the holy river Godavari. A holy dip in the sacred water of river Godavari is believed to free all from the sins.
River Narmada is considered to be one of the most sacred of all the seven rivers of India. The reason being, it is believed that Narmada descended straight from the sky on the order of Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu beliefs, river Narmada can free a human soul from all the sins and even purify him simply by her divine sight.
The Shipra, also known as the Kshipra rises in the Vindhya Range north of Dhar and flows south across the Malwa Plateau to join the Chambal River. It is one of the sacred rivers in Hinduism. The holy city Ujjain is situated on its right bank. Ujjain is an ancient city of Malwa region in central India and famous for one of the twelve celebrated Jyotirlingas in India known as Mahakaleshwar. In every 12 years, the Kumbh Mela festival takes place on the city and millions of people take holy dip and bath in the holy river Shipra.
Kaveri or Cauvery River is considered to be a very sacred river of southern India. It originates from the Brahmagiri Hill in the Western Ghats flow towards the Bay of Bengal. This sacred river travels across the heartland of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is one of the major rivers of the Peninsular flowing east and running into the Bay of Bengal. The Mettur Dam is a large dam build across the Kaveri River. The beautiful shivasamudram falls of Kaveri river is the second biggest water falls in India.
The Brahmaputra is a major river of Asia, whose lower reaches are sacred to Hindus. It is interesting to note that while most rivers on the Indian subcontinent have female names, this river has a rare male name, which literally means, son of Brahma in Sanskrit. The fabulous Teesta river is a tributary of the Brahmaputra.