(Last Updated on : 16/09/2010)
The Wainganga is a river of India, which originates about 12 Km from Mundara village of Seoni district in the southern slopes of the Satpura Range of Madhya Pradesh, and flows south through Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in a very meandering course of roughly 360 miles. After joining the Wardha, the united stream was called the Pranahita, finally empties into the River Godavari. The river has urbanized extensive flood plains with sweeping graceful meanders and low alluvial flats and meander terraces. The river has high banks 10 to 15 m on either side. The Wainganga river receives numerous tributaries on either bank and drains the western, central and eastern regions of the Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Nagpur districts. The principal tributaries of the Wainganga are the Garhavi, Kathani, Khobragadi and Potphondi on the western bank and Andhari on the eastern bank.
The Kathani River originates in the Dhanora Pendhri Hills and merges Wainganga near Gadchiroli city. Chandan River is another important tributary of Wainganga of the Balaghat district. Rudyard Kipling used the Wainganga or Wangunga in older editions as a major attraction in the Mowgli stories of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book (1894 - 1895). This river is the primary source of water for all the people of the jungle, the location of the Peace Rock, the place where Shere Khan vows to place Mowgli's bones once he has killed him, and the final battlefield in "Red Dog". However, the region around the Wainganga is not really a rainforest.
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