The Seven Holy Rivers

Ganga – North India


River Ganga, also known as the Ganges, is the greatest waterway in India. Ganga is also one of the longest rivers in the world. Ganga originates in the Himalayas at Gaumukh and flows into the bay of Bay of Bengal. The great river provides water to many places, and many places rely on it. The Ganges is synonymous to spirituality in India and has always been a religious icon in the world. 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 river is the heart of Hinduism, inscribed profusely in the in the Vedas, the Puranas and the two Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. When a person dies and cremated their remains are released into the river because it is believed that is purifies the soul. We have hundreds of temples situated along the banks of river Ganga.

Yamuna – meets Ganga in North


Originating from the Champasar Glacier at an altitude of 4421 m in the state of Uttarkhand, river Yamuna or Yamnotri has a special mention in the Hindu mythology. Some believed that the source of river Yamuna is a glacial lake known as the Saptarishi Kund. In this place situated is a scared temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, which remains closed from November to May. According to Hindu mythology Yamuna is the consort of Lord Shri Krishna. According to tradition, it is believed that Yamuna and Yama are the offspring of Sun God ‘Surya’. Hence whoever takes a dip in the holy waters of the river Yamuna gets free from the fear of death. Yamuna and Ganga are the most holy rivers in India.

Godavari – South India


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.

Sarasvati – underground river


River Sarasvati does not have a complete physical existence today but there were special references to it in the ancient Indian literature of the Vedic period. It’s an ancient river that flowed in northern India during the Vedic era. The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Of these three saraswati is invisible and is believed to flow underground and join the other two rivers from underground. This place is a sacred place for the Hindus.

Narmada – Central India


Narmada is also one of the most holy of the seven rivers of India. Originating from the Maikala ranges at Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh, Narmada flows between the Vindhya and satpura ranges in a southwestern direction finally meeting into the Gulf of Cambay, an inlet of the Arabian Sea. It is believed that Narmada descended from the sky as by the order of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology river Narmada free a human soul from all the sins and makes him pure by simply her divine sight.

Sindhu the Indus, now in Pakistan

The Indus River also called Sindhu River is one of the longest rivers in Asia. It flows through Pakistan, the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat, and western Tibet (China). Originating in the Tibetan Plateau in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar, the river runs a course through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, towards Gilgit-Baltistan and then flows in a southerly direction along the entire length of Pakistan to merge into the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi in Sindh. The total length of the river is 3,180 km (1,980 mi). It is Pakistan's longest river.

Kaveri – South India

Kaveri River or Cauvery is a very sacred river in the southern region of India. It originates from the Brahmagiri Hill in the Western Ghats and flow towards the Bay of Bengal. The river travels along the states Karnataka and Tamilnadu in the southeastern direction. River Kavery is well inscribed in Tamil literature because of its holy importance and sacredness. The striking Shivasamudram falls of Kaveri River is the second biggest water falls in India.