10 Facts About Godavari River


In terms of length, catchment area and discharge, the Godavari River is the largest in peninsular India, and had been dubbed as the Dakshina Ganga.

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Godavari River has been revered in Hindu scriptures for many millennia and continues to harbour and nourish a rich cultural heritage.

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Godavari River after flowing into Telangana, re-emerges to run as a state boundary separating the Mancherial, Telangana from Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.

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Godavari River was frequently referred as Ganga or Ganges by ancient Indian writings.

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Thus the Godavari River passing between these two now referred as Gautami and the old passage being referred as Vriddha Gautami.

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Godavari River is sacred to Hindus and has several places on its banks, that have been places of pilgrimage for thousands of years.

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In 2015, the water surplus Godavari River is linked to the water deficit Krishna River by commissioning the Polavaram right bank canal with the help of Pattiseema lift scheme to augment water availability to the Prakasam Barrage located in Andhra Pradesh.

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The Godavari River carries the largest sediment load among the peninsular rivers and the majority of the mass transfer in Godavari occurs during the monsoon.

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Mineral magnetic studies of the Godavari River sediments suggest that the floodplains in the entire stretch of the river are characterized by a Deccan basalt source.

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Godavari River basin is endowed with rich mineral deposits such as oil and gas, coal, iron, limestone, manganese, copper, bauxite, granite, laterite, and others.

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