7 Most Sacred Rivers of India: In Hinduism, people consider the large river as sacred, and rivers are regarded as deities. It may be due to their significance in people’s life. Most of the rivers are represented as goddesses. In Rigveda, there is a mention of the Saraswati river but now that does not have any physical form.

In this article, we are going to mention the 7 most sacred rivers in India.

1. Ganges River

The Ganges also know as Ganga is arguably the most sacred river in India. Most of the Vedas and Puranas mention Ganga as a goddess and believe to be originated from Lord Shiva’s head. The river originated from the Himalayas and drains in the Bay of Bengal.

It is also the biggest river flowing through India with an approximate length of 2510 kilometers. The river is a lifeline to millions of residents living nearby along its course and depends on it for their income and daily needs.

The Ganges river is flowing through states and union territories like Uttarakhand, U.P., M.P., Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, and Delhi. Nearly 500 million people are living nearby its course. People following Hinduism believe that any devotee who takes a bath in the Ganga River is forgiven of all his sins. [Reference]

2. Yamuna River

According to Hindu mythology, the Yamuna river is one of the most sacred rivers in India. The Yamuna is considered a goddess and she is believed to the twin sister of Yama (God of death).

As per Hindu legends, the Yamuna River is originated from a glacial lake known as Saptarishi Kund, where there is also a temple pray to the goddess Yamuna. Many believe those who take a bath in the waters of the Yamuna river get rid of the fear of death.

The Yamuna river is flowing through states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi and later merged with the Ganges river at Prayagraj. [Reference]

3. Indus River

Indus river popularly known as the Sindhu river is one of the longest rivers in Asia flowing through countries like India, China, and a major portion in Pakistan. According to historians, the river was home to the Indus Valley civilization.

The river originated from Western Tibet and through the Ladakh region of India and Gilgit-Baltistan regions of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, Nanga Parbat massif, and drains into the Arabian Sea. Indus river is the part of Sapta Hindu according to Rigveda.

It is one of the most sacred rivers to the Hindu religion and there is a festival held named Sindhu Darshan Festival on every Guru Purnima on the banks of the Indus river. [Reference]

4. Krishna River

Krishna River is another important and sacred river in India. According to Hindu mythology, it removes all sins of people by taking a bath in the river. There is a Hindu festival called the Krishna Pushkaram fair which is observed once in twelve years on the banks of the river.

The river is flowing through states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. Various dams were built on the Krishna river and out of them the Nagarjuna dam is an important one.

Many temples and devote places are built on the bank of the river from Maharashtra to Andhra Pradesh, where millions of followers visit there every year. [Reference]

5. Godavari River

The Godavari river is one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus and has several pilgrimage places on its banks for thousands of years. It is the second-longest river in India after the Ganges. A festival named Pushkaram fair is held every twelve years on the banks of the river.

People believe by taking bath in the holy water of the Godavari River releases sins. The river is flowing through states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.

The river is originated from Brahmagiri Mountain, Tryambakeshwar, Nashik, Maharashtra, and drains into the Bay of Bengal. [Reference]

6. Narmada River

Narmada river is one of the seven holy rivers of India. According to Hinduism followers, It is believed that taking bath in the river washes one’s sins. The river is flowing through states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat and then it meets the Gulf of Cambay and drains into the Arabian sea.

The famous Sardar Sarovar dam is built on this river and thousands of tourists visit here every year. It is also one of the longest rivers in India with an approximate length of 1,312 km.

According to Hindu legends, the river Ganga takes the form of a black cow and reaches the Narmada to bathe and cleanse itself in its holy waters. [Reference]

7. Kaveri River

Kaveri river is one of the holiest and sacred rivers in South India flowing through states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. The river is originated from  
Talakaveri, Kodagu, Western Ghats, Karnataka and drains into the Bay of Bengal.

In Hinduism, the Kaveri river is recognized as the Dakshina Ganga or Ganga of South India. It is believed that taking bath in this river washes all sins committed in the lifetime of a human being. [Reference]

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