Which River is known as the Ganga of the South?

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Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The river known as the Ganges of South India is the Godavari river. This river is also known as Dakshina Ganga. Godavari river originates from the Arabian Sea, flows for 1465km and falls into the Bay of Bengal. After the Ganga, the Godavari is the second-longest river in India. It empties into the third-largest basin, which makes up 10% of India’s total land area. Trimbakeshwar, in Nashik, Maharashtra, is where it originates.

Ganges of South India

Godavari is the second largest river after the river Ganga. Starting from Maharashtra state, it flows through Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha. It covers an area of 312,812 km2 which is nearly one-tenth of the area of India. The annual average water that inflows are nearly 110 billion cubic meters.

The distribution of the water of the Godavari among different states is governed by Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal. The Godavari river basin is divided into three sections Upper, Middle, and Lower. The major tributaries of the Godavari River are Pravara, Manjira Manair, Purna, Pranhita, Indravati, and Sabari rivers.

  • Hindus consider the river to be sacred, and several locations along its banks have long been popular destinations for pilgrims.
  • Numerous individuals, including the God Baladeva 5000 years ago and the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago, are said to have taken a purifying bath in her waters.
  • On the banks of the river, the Pushkaram fair is held once every twelve years.
  • For irrigation purposes, the entire length of the main Godavari river up to its confluence with the Pranhita tributary has been dammed.
  • Pranhita, Indravati, and Sabari, three of its principal tributaries, join in the lower reaches of the basin and carry three times as much water as the main Godavari.


Which River is known as the Ganga of the South?

Godavari is referred to as the Ganges or Ganga of the south.Another name for this river is Dakshina Ganga. The Arabian Sea is the source of the Godavari River, which flows for 1465 kilometres before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. The Godavari is India’s second-longest river in length, trailing only the Ganga.

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