Origin of Chandrabhaga River
The Chandra River flows from the base of the main Himalayan range in the Lahaul and Sipti district towards the south to merge with the Bhaga River in the downstream of Keylong. Together the Chandra and Bhaga rivers combine and form the Chandrabhaga River, which flows in a north- west direction. These 2 rivers join in Tandi and later Chenab, a major tributary of Indus River. The Chandrabaga River is one of the fastest flowing rivers of India.
Legend of Chandrabhaga River
According to legends, it is believed that the Chandrabhaga River was born out of love. It is said that the daughter of the moon, ‘Chandra’ and the son of the Sun, ‘Bhaga’ fell in love and decided to take a long walk around the holy mountains of Lahaul. After many a winding course they fall into an undying embrace in their togetherness at Tandi, thus giving rise to the Chandrabhaga River.
Course of Chandrabhaga River
The main stream of Chandrabhaga River raises just down the Vairat plateau in the Chikhaldara hills. There the Chandrabhaga River takes an eastward course draining the south slopes of Chikhaldara and Gawilgarh plateaus. As the Chandrabhaga River comes out of the valley, there is a dam constructed in the spot. The river takes a more southward turn from the dam and passes through the town of Daryapur before it meets with Purna River on the border of Amravati District and Akola district.
The Bhuleshwari River is a chief tributary of Chandrabhaga River that meets it just before Daryapur. Some of the other affluent streams of Chandrabhaga River are the Sapan and Bichan rivers that flow through Achalpur and Paratwada respectively.
The Chandrabhaga River is different from the Bhima River, which is popularly called as Chandrabhaga at Pandharpur.
Pollution in Chandrabhaga River
The Chandrabhaga River is revered by millions and devotees from all around take a bath in this river. No proper toilet facilities are made available by the administration department of the Governmentof Maharashtra. Therefore, the devotees have no other alternative but to use the open ground on the banks of the river. Various chemicals and wastes are also being discharged from the sugar factories that are located near the river, thus polluting the water body.