Facts and Important Points About Major Rivers of India

The Indian rivers are the principal source of water for country’s human life, agriculture and industry. These Rivers have been described as lifeline of our country and plays a vital role in the Indian economy. Further more, these rivers have a significant contribution towards waterway transportation and Hydro electric power generation. Based on source of origin, Indian rivers are divided into two types – Himalayan Rivers and Peninsular Rivers. The Major rivers of India are the Indus, Ganges, Yamuna, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri and Narmada.

Facts and Interesting Points About Gujarat

  • The world’s tallest Statue the “Statue of Unity” is located in the Narmada district in Gujarat.
  • Gujarat with 17 airports in the state is the highest number of operating airports in a state in India.
  • Gujarat is the only home to the Asiatic Lions in India.
  • Gujarat’s Kutch District is the largest district in India.
  • India’s first Marine National Park is situated in Gujarat.
  • Gujarat has the longest coastline in India.
  • Harappan Site Lothal which is situated in Gujarat is the first port of India.
  • Gujarat is the home to the country’s largest dairy-producing brand Amul.
  • Gandhinagar in Gujarat is the greenest city in Asia.
  • Surat is the centre or hub for diamond trade in India.
  • Gujarat is known to consume the highest amount of sugar in the country.
  • Gujarat is famous for its thread work fabrics, Zari industry and Kathi embroidery.
  • Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium is the world’s largest cricket stadium. the stadium has a capacity of 132,000 spectators and parking spaces for 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers.
  • Tulsi Shyam hills near Gujarat’s Amreli district is very similar to Leh’s Magnetic Hill. Objects placed here act against gravity and roll uphill.
  • Sardar Sarovar Dam is the second-largest concrete dam in the world in terms of the volume of concrete used for its construction after the Grand Coulee dam across River Columbia, US.

About Indian State Madhya Pradesh

  • Madhya Pradesh is the second-largest state in India after Rajasthan.
  • After Independence, Nagpur was the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. In 1956, Madhya Pradesh was reconstituted and Bhopal was made the new capital city.
  • The UNESCO site of ‘Khajuraho Group of Monuments’ is famous for its Nagara-Style architecture and sculptures of Nayikas and Deities especially the sensuous erotic sculptures engravings on the exterior walls. Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest of all the temples in Khajuraho, it dates back to the 10th century.
  • Madhya Pradesh is the birthplace of famous and notable people like Chandra Shekhar Azad, Tatya Tope, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Rani Avanti Bai, B.R. Ambedkar, Kailash Satyarthi, Satendra Singh Lohiya, Raghuram Rajan, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Madhavrao Scindia, Sharad Yadav, Jaya Bachchan, Sumitra Mahajan, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Prithviraj Chavan, Uma Bharti, Digvijaya Singh, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, Arjun Rampal, Ashutosh Rana, Lata Mangeshkar, Salman Khan, Rahul Dravid, etc.
  • Madhya Pradesh is rich in mineral resources. The state has the largest reserves of diamond and copper in India.
  • As per the Hindu Mythological belief, Lord Krishna, his brother Balrama and their friend Sudama received their education at Guru Sandipani Ashram in Ujjain.
  • The literacy rate in the state is about 70.6%, which is lower than the national average of 74.04%.
  • Ram Raja Temple in Orchha is the only temple in India where Ram is worshipped as a king and not as a god.
  • Almost 30,000 years old Stone age rock paintings are found on the Bhimbteka rock shelters. These are touted to be the oldest known rock art in the Indian sub-continent.
  • Bandar Kodini at Bhedaghat is a scenic beauty of nature by the 8 km long gorge formed through soft marble rocks carved by the flow of river Narmada. The name was given Bandar Kodini as two sides come so close that monkeys can jump across the gorge.
  • The author of the famous children’s novel “Jungle Book” Rudyard Kipling was drawing inspired by the forests of Pench Tiger Reserve and Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Surprisingly, all the rivers in Madhya Pradesh that drain into the Ganges flow from south to north.
  • The Great Stupa at Sanchi is one of the oldest stone structures in India. The Stupa was commissioned in the 3rd century BCE by the Mauryan Emperor ‘Ashoka’.
  • The historic city of Gwalior is famous for its ancient monuments, forts and museums. Patankar Bazaar is popular for handicrafts, artificial jewellery, painted wall hangings, dolls, etc.