The 7 Most Sacred Rivers of India

The rivers of India are the main source of living of the Indian people. There are some major Rivers in India like, Ganga,Yamuna, Narmada, Mahanadi and Brahmaputra. Punjab-The land of five great river’s Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. Every river of Punjab has its own significance and symbolic importance. The Himalayan rivers are best for white water sports like rafting and other river sports. The seven 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 Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythological Saraswati river. 

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River Ganga is the most sacred river to Hindus and worshiped as the goddess, The Ganges is the longest river of India, Brahmaputra and Indus are major rivers of the Indian subcontinent.

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A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years and Sadhu the holy men of India are gather here for holy bath from all over India. It is said that by taking a bath in the holy rivers, man can be freed from all the sins of his life. Apart form the rivers we Hindu also worship trees,stones and animals,we believed they are the forms of different deities.

Ganga River

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. There are so many tributary to the Ganga like Yamuna, Chambal, Betwa and one of the major is  the Ghaghara, which meets it before Patna. Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it has has hundreds of temples so called “City of Temples” is situated along the banks of the Ganges. 

There are two major dams in gange river one is The Haridwar dam and another is Farakka. One of the longest road bridge in India named as Mahatma Gandhi Setu is build on river Gange at Patna. The mouth of River Ganga forms a vast delta, the Sundarban delta the largest delta in the world, Also these river’s create some of the beautiful valley’s in India.

Yamuna River

Yamuna River is a major river and most polluted river of the Indian subcontinent, rising form Yamunotri in the Himalaya Mountains and merges with the Ganges at Triveni Sangam, Allahabad, the site for the Kumbha Mela. This is one of the country’s most sacred rivers, Gokul and Mathura on the other bank of the river are holy places for hindu. 

The Tons, Chambal and Giri rivers are the important tributaries of Yamuna,River Mandakini is the last tributaries of river Yamuna before it joins The Gange in Allahabad. The famous Taj Mahal is situated on the bank of the holy Hindu river Yamuna in Agra. One of the famous Naini Bridge builds across the Yamuna river.

Sarasvati River

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.

Narmada River


The Narmada is one of the most sacred of the seven holy rivers of India. Narmada River originates from the Maikala ranges at Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and flows between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges in a generally southwestern direction and emptying into the Gulf of Khambhat or  Gulf of Cambay, an inlet of the Arabian Sea India. The Narmada valley has many waterfalls, Dhuandhar waterfall and deepest waterfall Kapiladhara are best of them. 

Sardar sarover dam one of the India’s most controversial dam projects was builds across the Narmada river. Narmada Bridge is the Longest Road Bridge in Gujarat. Narmada River is one of only three major rivers in peninsular India that runs from east to west along with the Tapti River and Mahi River. The Hindu God Lord Shiva Omkareshwar temple on the banks of Narmada river situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh also this district host India’s largest water reservoir known as IndiraSagar .

Kshipra River

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.

Godavari River

The river Godavari originates near Trimbak in Nashik flows towards the Eastern Ghats into the Bay of Bengal. This second largest river is considered to be one of the big river basins in India. Kumbh Mela at Nashik is well known as an important center of Pilgrimage in India because the holy river Godavari. 

Godavari, the largest and the longest river of South India is popularly referred as to as the Dakshina Ganga. Jayakwadi dam is one of the largest earthen dams in India build across Godavari River in Maharashtra.

Kaveri River

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.

Though the River Gange and Yamuna are holiest rivers of India but they are also in the list of one of the highly polluted Indian rivers along with small rivers and water stream flows from major Indian cities.


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  • Smit says:

    Anybody can tell me about how many days will it take if I wanted to visit a minimum of 3 of the Sacred Rivers. E.g. Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.

    Thanks in advance

    • admin says:

      Hello Smit, Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati, it will take couple of day’s to visit.
      If you want to visit the origin of the these rivers it may take time.

      Thanks for your interest.

    • Vinay says:

      Only one day once you reach to Allahabad (U.P.)

  • sheetal says:

    Good job…..the information on primary basis is just perfect. For me it proved much helpful.
    Thanks for the same……keep it up

  • Prahallad says:

    If possible try to give some correct data regarding rivers of India in each and every state in tabular manner or point wise.

    Very good, it must be help full to all for enhancement of knowledge.

  • dev sachdeva says:

    dear i belive u forget few river which flows in punjab who has theirown significance nd people have belief in them.

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  • Jerry Hood says:

    Septahindu-the craddle of India civilisation consists from Punjab(5)rivers and Doab(2)rivers,as the Septahindu,(of 7 rivers)but also the Maya calendrical cycle of 52…Maya Creator,Hunab Ku consists of 5+2 letters…In Christian Bible,Jacob(Israel)has 13 children with 4 women:13×4=52…Maya,as well as Yama has the hebrew gematria value of its name 52…Yama is not only the god of the dead,but also the supermassive Blach Hole in our cosmic ‘River of Life’-Milky Way,the Ganges and Yamuna copy on the ground…The mesoamerican/mexican predecessors of the Maya(of living god)known as the black “Olmecs”should be correctly called as the Yama people(since they had died out),hence as Benu Yamina-the biblical Benjaminites! Doab,the conflunce of Ganges and Yamuna is thehindu local copy of Mesopotamia in Milky Way with its confluence in the Dark Rift,where is located the Black Hole(Yama)today known by the astronomers as CygnusX1=the Swan(which is a sacred bird for many cultures,including England,where is Swan the sacred bird of their queen).Sinai peninsula is also a copy of Mesopotamia in Milky Way,just as the Mesopotamia of Irak,between Tigris and Euphrates…The Incas(Acni in India,backwardly)are known as the children of Sun,and their Mesopotamia was located in Cuzco,in the confluence of Tullumayo and Huatanay rivers with its golden temple of Coricancha…Only look around and you will see many local copies of the cosmic Mesopotamia-confluence of two rivers…Manhattan island in New York City is local masonic and zionist copy of Mesopotamia as well,and WTC1+WTC2+US Stock market buildings usedto copy the 3 stars of the Belt of Orion,also known as Min or Tav…Yama is the Black Hole,female yonic stargate,and Min or Tav in Orion is the male lingam cosmic stargate…The Hebrew Magen David are these stargates in CREATIVE/PROCREATIVE UNION (of 69=sex)…The Doab golden point is the golden city of Shiva,known as varan and nasi(dragon-serpent)Varanasi/Benares/Kashi…Ben Aries point of spring equinox,and Kashi as city of light…The ancient city of Olympia,in Greece is also located in the confluence(Mesopotamia)of Greek rivers Alpheios and Kladeios…The cosmic Mesopotamia has usually the form of female lap,but sometimes also as a male lap…See the Egyptian Valley of Kings and Queens…Such Valleys has also ancient India,China,Angkor Vat,Machu Picchu of Incas,and so on…In China it is Changling and Dingling Valley of Emperors and Empresses…The Ganges is about 2268 km long river.It is galactic number of wave lenght in Milky Way-just another point of union of your Ganga Ma (Ganges)with the cosmic river-Milky Way with her Golden Point…Remember the main architect of the Twin Towers was Minoru Yamasaki from Seattle…Min & Yama…Seven(7) as sacred cosmic number is the Head number…Nine(9)is the Tail number…Your neighbour to the east,Myanmar(Burma)has 9 rivers,known as Iravati( with Vat/Tav),and in Yankoun(Rangoon)it is the famous Shwedagon as Shiva’s Dagon(Lingam)…In Bible is also the Fillistine god,Dagon(IISamuel-book).DGN has the gematria value of 43.50;D=4;G=3;N=50…Exactly this slope has the smallest,red granite pyramid of Minkaure in Giza,Egypt,but also the solar pyramid in Teotihuacan,Mexico…The christian Catholic and eastern Orthodox church has the phallic(lingam)shape…The Hebrew Synagogue is Greek name for lunar temple-Sin(hence also the Sinai peninsula in female lap shape),Hebrew name for Synagogue is Minge/Minha the female yoni…Now you know why do you have the lingam and yoni temples of India,but also on global scale…

  • Jerry Hood says:

    All the Hindu people,remember,your spiritual purification shall occur in the cosmic river(Milky Way)in her cosmic womb-double centre,the place our spirits ascends,and not in the polluted earthly river of Ganges (Ganga Ma),or any other rivers on earth..

  • VINAY KUMAR says:

    I love my India, its everything to me The Ganga River, one of the Most Beautiful and sacred river of India and I LOVE MY COUNTRY.

  • Rio says:

    Great article. Awesome 🙂

  • abhishek says:

    can you tell me some rivers who attract tourist in india

  • Robin Hood says:

    wow thanks

  • Amit saxena says:

    Please add also sethani ghat hoshangabad which is most famous temple near narmada bank.

  • chloe says:

    Thank you this article helped me a lot in doing my project

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