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Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh

The Majestic Godavari River
The Majestic Godavari River
The mighty Godavari River like the Krishna River originates from the west of India but turns to flow in a southeast direction until it empties into the Bay of Bengal through two mouths. It is the second longest river in India after the Ganges, covering a distance of 1465 km from its origin near Trimbak in Nashik District of Maharashtra till it crosses the Deccan Plateau and into the Bay of Bengal near Narasapuram in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

The river passes through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Along its path Godavari River is fed by a number of tributaries, important among them being Pranahita, Kinnerasani, Manjira, Sabari, Indravati and Penganga. The Pranahita is an important tributary, is itself formed by the confluence of the Penganga, the Wardha and Waiganga.

Godavari River has enormous religious significance amongst Hindus as several pilgrimage centers are located along its banks. It is considered to be amongst holiest rivers in India and has held an important place of pilgrimage for many thousands of years. After every twelve years, Pushkaram fair is held on the banks of the river in which crores of people have a holy dip in the sacred waters of the river to purify themselves of all their sins. Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, renowned for its reptiles is part of the Godavari Delta. The sanctuary provides an important habitat to a wide variety of fish and crustaceans.