Godavari The Godavari is the greatest river in peninsular India in terms of length, catchment area, and flow and has been termed the Dakshina Ganga (Ganges of the South). It is also called Kapila Saraswati, after its main tributary. It originates in the Western Ghats near Mount Abu and flows through the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan into the Arabian Sea at Bhavani.
Ghaghara The Ghaghara is one of the major rivers of West Bengal and is also a source of water for Bangladesh. It is an important river for irrigation and fisheries. The Ghaghara flows in a south-easterly direction for about 250 km before joining the Banganga just north of Kolkata. It is about 2300 km long.
Hooghly The Hooghly is one of the largest rivers in eastern India and is also referred to as the Ganges River. It is a major river of Bangladesh and West Bengal and flows into the Bay of Bengal.
Jumna The Jumna is a large river in northern India. It is 645 km long and flows into the Ganges near Allahabad.
Karnaphuli The Karnaphuli is a large river in western Bangladesh and is the longest river in that country.
Godavari is also known as India's "Dakshin Ganga" or "Southern Ganga." This is due to the fact that it is the second biggest river after the Ganga. It starts in the Western Ghats on the slopes of Sahyadri Mountains and flows east for about 2,500 km before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.
The Godavari River rises in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states and flows through Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. The river marks the border between India and Sri Lanka until its estuary. It is one of the largest tributaries of the Indian Ocean and supports diverse flora and fauna. There are several towns and cities along its course including Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizam's State (now in Telangana), Tarnaka (now in Karnataka), Kolar (now in Karnataka), Dharwad (now in Karnataka), Hubli (now in Karnataka), and Bagalkot (now in Karnataka).
In the southern part of its course, from where it takes its name, the river passes through the districts of Ramanagara, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Coorg, Kodagu, and Malnad before merging with the Krishna River at Ananthagiri near Vijayawada.
The Godavari is fed by several tributaries, including the Purna, Manjra, and Penganga. After the Ganga, it is India's second-longest river. The river Godavari is also known as the "Dakshin Ganga" or "Ganga of the South" due to its length (1500 km) and the huge region it drains.
It is believed that the Godavari River originates in the Western Ghats near Ooty in Tamil Nadu. It flows in a south-eastern direction through Andhra Pradesh and Telangana before crossing into Maharashtra. In Mumbai, the river divides into two branches: one goes north while the other turns west and merges with the Thane Creek to form the Bhima.
In southern India, the Godavari River is associated with spirituality and religion. The river passes through many temples such as Kondaveedu, Dharmastala, and Chitravati. Thousands of people visit these temples every year to take a holy dip in the river or pour milk on themselves as an act of devotion.
Furthermore, the river crosses the border between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana several times. These areas share religious ties with each other - for example, people from both states celebrate Deepavali together.
Also worth mentioning is that the Godavari River is the main source of water for the city of Hyderabad. It provides water for industrial and agricultural purposes.
Ganga refers to the Ganges River, which is perennial. Godavari is a peninsular river that runs seasonally. Godavari is approximately 1500 kilometers long. It is the biggest river in the peninsula. It originates on the foothills of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra's Nasik district. After flowing through Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it enters Krishna District in Karnataka.
The Ganges flows through eastern India and Bangladesh; it is one of the four major rivers of Bangladesh. The other three are the Brahmaputra, Meghna, and Gomti. The total length of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta is about 750 km.
In 2001, an estimated 30 million people were living within 50 km of both the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers. However, many more people live in close proximity to these rivers because they provide most of the drinking water for their cities.
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The Godavari is one of India's peninsular rivers and the country's second longest river after the Ganga. Because of its magnitude and length among the peninsular rivers, the Godavari is commonly referred to as "Vridha Ganga."
Its source is in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra state and it flows through Andhra Pradesh and Telangana before emptying into the Bay of Bengal near Vijayawada.
The river is also known as "Gomati" and "Gowmami" in the languages of Maharashtra and Karnataka states where it flows respectively. The river is also called "Thane" after the city of Thane in Maharashtra where it enters the sea.
It is believed that if you pray to the Godavari river, you will be blessed with all kinds of happiness. This belief is so strong that people go to her temples to ask her to save their marriages or requests that are more personal like getting success in exams or jobs.
There are several dams on the Godavari River which provide electricity to many cities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. One of the largest reservoirs created by a dam on the Godavari River is Lake Victoria which provides water to nearly half of India when it floods.