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Narmada River

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Narmada undoubtedly is India's most breathtakingly beautiful river. She is also the most feminine in her movements, as she slithers through thousands of kilometers of hostile terrain.

Mythological overview:
The river Narmada descended from the sky as by the order of Lord Shiva. The origin is situated at the mountain series of 'Maikal'in Madhya Pradesh. Believed to have originated from the body of Shiva, the river is also known as Jata Shankari. The worship of Shiva is common in these areas, and each stone or pebble found in the bed of the Narmada is believed to be a Shivalinga. All the places along the banks like Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, and Mahadeo are all named after Shiva. Among the sacred rivers Narmada holds a significant place. The river is considered the mother and giver of peace.

The Course:
It rises on the summit of Amarkantak Hill in the Madhya Pradesh state, and for the first 200 m of its course winds among the Mandla Hills, which form the head of the Satpura range; then at Jabalpur, passing through the 'Marble Rocks', it enters its proper valley between the Vindhyan and Satpura ranges, and pursues a direct westerly course to the Gulf of Khambhat. Its total course through the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat and it amounts to about 800 m, and it falls into the sea in the Bharuch district of Gujarat. It flows between high mountain ranges, through thick jungles and narrow gorges. It has many waterfalls along its length and at one place, its waters cut through marble rocks, sandstone hills and coal deposits.

The Holy Narmada: Temples around it
» Places like Maheshwar and Omkareshwar are just examples of the large number of religious centers that dot the banks of the Narmada.
River Narmada
Narmada Udgam
Narmada Udgam is the source of the sacred Narmada River where a temple has been dedicated to the goddess Narmada. It contains a colorfully decorated, black Basalt stone statue of Narmada. Thousands of devotees from all over the country visit the temple to pay homage to the goddess.
Narmada River
Chausath Yogini
There is the Chausath Yogini (sixty-four yoginis) temple above the lower end of the gorge. The attendants of Durga are represented here.

River NarmadaNarmada Controversy- Narmada Bachao Andolan:
In recent years the river Narmada has made headlines due to the activities of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a non-government organisation protesting against the building of a dam on the river. The Sardar Sarovar Dam Project has also controvery and anti-dam activists led by Medha Patkar and Arundhati Roy formed The Narmada Bachou Andolon -Save the Narmada.

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