The 7 Most Sacred Rivers of India

The 7 Most Sacred Rivers of India

#Travel | Last updated on Oct 4, 2016 by 
India's beauty is linked to its holy rivers. The beautiful landscapes and roads along these rivers makes them perfect fit for road trip adventures.
The 7 Most Sacred Rivers of India

Rivers are India’s lifeline and enjoy a special place in prayers and its traditional practices. Most of the holy places in India like Banaras, Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik, Talakaveri and Patna are situated along with the bank of seven holy rivers.

These major Rivers in India include Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Mahanadi, and the Brahmaputra. The Himalayan rivers are best for adventurous sports like river rafting and other water sports. The seven rivers are counted as the holy rivers of India, one of the holiest rivers in India is Ganga or The Gange. The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythological Saraswati river. A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years and Sadhu the holy men of India gather here for the 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.

The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is a confluence of 3 rivers the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythological Saraswati river. A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years and Sadhu the holy men of India gather here for the holy bath from all over India. It is said that by taking a bath in these holy rivers, man can be freed from all the sins of his life.


Here, we share the 7 most sacred rivers in India, where people all around the world come to take a holy dip and gets free from all their sins.


1. River Ganga

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 with spirituality in India and has always been a religious icon in the world. Ganga is a spiritual centre 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 it purifies the soul. We have hundreds of temples situated along the banks of river Ganga.



2. River Yamuna

The source of Holy River Yamuna 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 one of the consorts of Lord Krishna.
The Yamuna is also believed to be an offspring of ‘Surya’, the Sun God. The Yamuna along with Ganga is considered as the holiest rivers in India. The amazing 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.



3. River Saraswati

Saraswati is an ancient and sacred 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 form below and the point of confluence is a sacred place for Hindus.




4. River Kshipra

Kshipra River, also known as the Shipra rises from the Vindhya Range north of Dhar and flows across the Malwa Plateau to meet the Chambal River. It is also one of the holy rivers of Hinduism.

The holy city of Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Kshipra. Ujjain is an ancient city located in the Malwa region in central India renowned for one of the twelve celebrated Jyotirlingas in India known as Mahakaleshwar. Kumbh Mela festival, held after every 12 years, takes place in Ujjain and millions of devotees flock to take a holy bath in the sacred Kshipra River.


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5. River Godavari

River Godavari originates near Trimbak in Nashik and is considered to be one of the seven sacred rivers of India. Kumbh Mela of Nashik is organized near the banks of the river Godavari.

According to the Hindu beliefs, a holy bath in the sacred water of Godavari frees the person from the sins.



6. River Narmada

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 Kapildhara are best of them. Sardar Sarovar Dam one of the India’s most controversial dam projects was built 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 the Narmada river situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh also this district host India’s largest water reservoir known as Indira Sagar.


7. River Kaveri

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 flows towards the Bay of Bengal. It travels along the states Karnataka and Tamilnadu in the southeastern direction.

River Cauvery is well inscribed in Tamil literature because of its holy importance and sacredness. The striking Shivasamudram falls of Kaveri River is the second biggest waterfalls in India.



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