What is Ganga called in Bangladesh?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

In Bangladesh, the Ganga River is known as the Padma River. It is an Asian transboundary river that flows through India and Bangladesh. It is a large river in Bangladesh and the Ganges’ principal distributary. After joining the Jamuna and Meghna, it forms a huge estuary that drains into the Bay of Bengal.

River Ganga in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the Padma is a significant river. It is the main Ganges distributary, flowing 356 kilometers mostly southeast until its confluence with the Meghna River close to the Bay of Bengal. On the banks of the river stands the city of Rajshahi. The Padma River has eroded nearly 660 square kilometers of land since 1966.

  • The lower section of the Ganges River’s course that lies below the point where it empties into the Bhagirathi River (India) also known as the Hooghly River, is known as Padma.
  • Padma had most likely passed via a variety of channels on various occasions.
  • According to some authors, each Ganges distributary in its deltaic portion is a remnant of an ancient major channel, and beginning with the Bhagirathi (in West Bengal, India), each distributary to the east denotes the position of a more recent channel than the one to the west of it.

Ganga River System

In India, the Ganga is the most important river. It originates from the Gangotri glacier near Gaumukh in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. There it is called Bhagirathi.

  • Bhagirathi meets the Alaknanda at Devprayag hereafter, it is known as the Ganga.
  • The length of the river is 2,525 km.
  • It flows through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal.

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