(Last Updated on : 23/03/2009)
Betwa is a north Indian river and a tributary of the Yamuna originating in the Vindhya Range just north of Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh. In Sanskrit 'Betwa' is called 'Vetravati' which means containing reeds.
The river flows in the northeast direction of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and then joins the Yamuna River just east of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The river flows for 380-mile (610-kilometre). Half of the river that is not traversable runs over the Malwa Plateau before breaking into the upland of Bundelkhand. The main tributaries of the Betwa River are Jamni and Dhasan Rivers. There are two dams constructed across the river at Dukwan and Deogarh.
The Betwa River is mentioned in the great Indian epic of Mahabharata along with Charmanwati River, which is now called the Chambal River.
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