Indian rivers are the arteries of Indian life and culture. Some of the world’s largest and longest rivers in the world –the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Narmada, Nila, Periyar and their tributaries nourish the country and its life round the year in so many ways. It is no wonder, therefore, that the people pray before and worship the rivers for their benevolence. A large chunk of India’s electrical power production is from the hydel projects, by damming up the mighty rivers at vantage points.
A List of Important Rivers in India
a. Himalayan Rivers: The Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra.
b. Interstate rivers flowing into the Bay of Bengal: Subarnarekha, Brahmani, Mahanadi, Vamsadhara, Nagavati, Godavari, Krishna, Penneru, Korthalaiyaar, Paalar, Ponnaiyaar, and Kaveri.
c. Interstate rivers flowing into the Arabian sea: Sabarmati, Mahe, Narmada, Tapti, Purna, Mandovi, Upplayaar, Chiria, Chandragiri, Kariangode, Kuppam, Valapatam, Chaliyar, Bharatapuzha, Chalakudi River.
d. Desert Rivers: Ghagar, Saraswati, Luni.
e. Other rivers flowing into the Bay of Bengal: Burbabalang, Baitarni, Rishikulya, Sharada, Yeleru, Gundalakamma, Musi, Paleru, Muneru, Kunlenu, Swarnamukhi, Vellar, Vaiga, Chundar, Avaipar, Thamraparni.
f. Other rivers flowing into the Arabian sea: Bhadar, Satrunji, Dhadar, Ambika, Vaitarna, Ulhas, Savitri, Kalinadi, Gangavati, Sharaavati, Netravati, Manjeswaram river, Mogral, Chittaripuzha, Nileswaram nadi, Kavvayipuzha, Pervampayaaru, Mayyazhipuzha, Kuttiyadipuzha, Korapuzha, Kallayipuzha, Kadalundipuzha, Thirurpuzha, Keecheripuzha, Puzhaykalaaru, Karuvannurpuzha, Periyar, Muvattupuzhayaaru, Meenachilaru, Manimalayaru, Pampanadi, Achchankovilaaru, Pallichalaaru, Kalladayaru, Iththikarayaru, Ayirupuzha, Vamanapuram Aru, Mamam Aru, Karamanayaaru, Neyyar.
g. Small rivers flowing into foreign countries: Karnaphuli, Kaladan, Imphal, Tiksu.