Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019

River Chambal

 

Place of Origin

Manpura (near Indore), Madhya Pradesh

Length

900 km

Confluence

Yamuna (along with 3 other rivers Kwari, Sind and Pahuj), Bhareh, Uttar Pradesh

 

Religious significance


 

 

 

This river was referred to as Punya in the Mahabharata, and as Charmanavati in the Puranas. It is said that King Ranti Dev (one of the successors of King Bharata, Lord Rama’s brother) had sacrificed cows to honour his guests. The blood that oozed out of the cow’s skin (known as chamra in Hindi) and turned into a river named Charmanavati.


(Source : http://www.indiasite.com/madhyapradesh/rivers.html)
 

 

Ecological significance 

 

 

 

 

The Chambal River remains one of North India’s unpolluted rivers, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the rare Ganges river dolphin. Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges river dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator). Migratory birds from Siberia form part of its rich avian fauna.