Top 7 Holiest Rivers of India and Its States and Tributaries

India is probably the most culturally diverse country in the world. Many of the famous world religions were born in India. The religions include Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. All these religions are known as Karmic religion and your salvation is based on your activities in your earthly life. It is probably the philosophy that looks at everything divine that has made these religions respect every living creature and pay respects event to the nonliving entities.

The respect given in India transcends beyond the living creatures. There are a lot of entities in India that are a river and respected as Holi once. The entities include mountains countries forest and even rivers. A lot of rivers in India have a divine connotation to its Origins. All the most of the rivers in India might have a divine connotation, there are a few rivers in India that stand out from the rest of the crowd making them the holiest rivers in India.

The rivers that fall into that category are the Ganga, Jamuna, the Saraswati, the Narmada kshipra, the Godavari and the Kaveri.


  1. River Ganga


Without even a second question, river Ganga can be considered the holiest river not only in India but the entire world. Ganga River originates in the Himalayas at Gomukh in the Uttarakhand state of India by the name Bhagirathi and it flows into the Bay of Bengal through a lot of states in India and even in Bangladesh. River Ganga is widely considered to be the national river of India and the Ganges Dolphin which is endemic to this river has been declared as the National aquatic animal.

River Ganga

Varanasi, which is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world is situated on the banks of this river and is considered to be a house of majorly developed civilization. The longest road bridge in India crosses the river Ganga and is called the Mahatma Gandhi Setu. A lot of people who belong to Hinduism take a holy dip in this river to cleanse there since. It is widely believed that the Ashes of Dead people dissolved in this river takes them straight to heaven. The Indo Gangetic plain which is fuelled by the waters of the rivers Indus and Ganga form one of the most fertile regions on the planet making it a great place for the cultivation of wheat rice and a lot of other pulses. Even at its very end, the river Ganga forms the Sundarbans which is considered to be the largest mangrove in the world. Ganga is the lifeline not only for India but also for Bangladesh. Sadly, this river has been greatly affected due to pollution and the government has launched massive cleanup campaigns to revive the holy nice and the cleanliness of this river.

  1. Yamuna

Yamuna River

The Yamuna might be a tributary of the river Ganga but it has its own credentials. The Yamuna, also known as the Jumna, is the longest and the second largest tributary river of the Ganges in northern India. It crosses several states: Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, passing by Uttarakhand and later Delhi, and meeting its tributaries on the way. The Yamuna merges with Ganga at the Triveni Sangam and it is situated close to the city of Allahabad which was earlier known as Prayag. This site is the place where the world’s largest festival the Kumbh Mela takes place. The Yamuna is one of the holiest rivers in India and two places that are situated on the banks of this river, the Gokul and Mathura are considered to be very holy places for Hindus. The Yamuna has closely related to the Hindu God Krishna and almost all the places on the banks of this river have a connection with this detail. The Yamuna might be a tributary to Ganga, but it has a lot of tributaries for itself. The Naini Bridge is built across the river Yamuna. The Yamuna is the lifeline for a lot of major Indian cities and the big cities like New Delhi and Agra are situated on the banks of the river. As a flip side, this river is considered to be the most polluted river in the Indian subcontinent.

  1. Saraswati

Saraswati River


Saraswati originated in the Himalayas and flows westwards to join the Arabian sea. Saraswati River is a tributary of Alaknanda River, originates near Badrinath. The existence of Saraswati is debated between being ancient and mythical. It is considered to be the third in the trial of the Holy rivers, with the other two being Ganga and Yamuna. In fact, the Triveni Sangam is named as a place of Confluence of Ganga and Yamuna was originally, it was considered to be a place where three rivers United. Legend says that the river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground.

  1. Narmada

Narmada river

The Narmada originate in the Michael are mountains in Madhya Pradesh and it flows between the Vindhya and Satpura mountains in Central India. Along with the river Tapti, Narmada is considered to be the only other river which MTS itself into the Arabian Sea. All the other rivers of India empty themselves into the Bay of Bengal. The Narmada Valley has a lot of waterfalls and this place also has the Omkareshwar temple which is situated in Madhya Pradesh. The Indira Sagar which is India’s largest water Reservoir is built across the river Narmada.

  1. Shipra

River Shipra

Lord Shiva has a set of holy shrines in India which are designated to be the most Radiant shrines and are collectively called as the Jyotirlingas. Ujjain is one among the holy cities that have one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is because of this famous temple that the river Shipra is famous and is considered sacred especially for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Just like Allahabad, there is a mini Kumbh Mela that happens every 12 years and people take a holy dip in this river. This river originates from the Vindhya mountains and flows across the Malwa plateau to join the Chambal river.

  1. Godavari


The Godavari is the second largest river in India just after Ganga. It is one of the largest river basins in India and is the pride of South India. It is an important pilgrimage Centre for a lot of Hindus. The jayakwadi dam which is one of the largest Earth dams in India is built across the river Godavari.

  1. Kaveri

Kaveri river

River Kaveri is considered to be the holiest river in Southern India. It originates in the brahmagiri hills in the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka. The people in that region endearingly call that place as talakaveri. This river Travels across Karnataka into a lot of important places like Mysore and Kabini before it enters Tamilnadu. After it enters Tamil Nadu, it serves as the lifeline for a lot of districts that depends on agriculture namely the Coimbatore, the Trichy and the Thanjavur district. The places that have paddy fields in this region belong to the Cauvery basin. There are two dams built up the cross river, the Krishna Raja Sagar and the Mettur dam.

In India, anything can have a divine connotation. To this golden rule, rivers or not an exception. This is probably the reason a lot of pilgrims and devotees consider these rivers as quiet Holi and what is wrong in that if these rivers can give a lot of life and livelihood to the people, especially the farmers who depend on the waters for their everyday bread!?