Saying that rivers are the lifeline of any civilization wont be wrong but in India; a country which has so much diversity in its physical features, rivers are much more than just supplying water to its people.

Right from the ancient times, rivers in India have played a major role and are believed holy specifically according to Hindu mythology. In India, it is the ritual of taking a dip in rivers like Ganga on all big occasions such as Makkar Sakranti.

Let’s have a glimpse over some of these prominent rivers in India which are not only important but also holy. Indian rivers can be categorized considering their origin place and the basin type.

According to the place of origin, rives can be divided into Himalayan Rivers and Peninsular rivers.

Himalayan Rivers

The Indus

The river is one of the holy rivers of Hindus and flows via Tibet. The name of India is derived from it. Earlier it was called the Sindhu in Sanskrit and for the first time it was called Indus by Pliny.

The Brahmaputra

It is yet another important river of India flowing via Tibet to India and Bangladesh. The joining point of the river with the Ganges River forms the Sunderban Delta which is the largest delta all over the world.

The Ganga

The Ganga is considered as the most sacred river in India and origins from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayan range. Its main tributaries include Yamuna, Ram Ganga, Ghagharam, Damodar, Gomati and Saptt Kosi.

Peninsular Rivers

The Yamuna

Yamuna River holds a very prominent place in Hindu mythology. The origin point of the river is the Yamunotri glacier at the Banderpoonch peak in Uttarakhand. The length of the river is 1367 km and the prominent tributaries of the river are Hindon, Chambal, Sind and Betwa.

The Narmada

It is the river in central India and separates North India from South India. Its origin point is on the peak of Amarkantak Hill (Madhya Pradesh). The length of the river is 320 km and it vanishes into the Arabian Sea in Gujarat’s Bharuch district.

The Tapti River

It is also the river of central India and one of the largest peninsular rivers of the country with length 724 km. It origins from the eastern Satpura Range and immerses into the Gulf of Cambay (Arabian Sea).

The Krishna River

The river is one of the longest rives in India with 1300 km in length. The origination point of the river is Mahabaleswar and merges into sea in the Bay of Bengal.

The Kavery River System

It is another sacred river of Hindus and also known as Dakshin Ganga. It originates in the Western Ghats range and immersed in the Bay of Bengal. The river is the lifeline of numerous cities in the country from the ancient times.

The Mahanadi River

It is the largest river of Orissa state and has length of 851 km. The origin point of the river is the Baster hills (Madhya Pradesh) and meets the Bay of Bengal after dividing into many braches in the deltaic region.

Other prominent rivers in Indian include Chenab, Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Godawari, Ghaghara, Gnadak, Sharda and many more.