A report on Ganges and Alaknanda River

Bhagirathi River at Gangotri.
River Alaknanda near Badrikashram
Devprayag, confluence of Alaknanda (right) and Bhagirathi (left), and beginning of the Ganges proper.
Rudraprayag - confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini
The Himalayan headwaters of the Ganges River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.
Alaknanda river near the town of Srinagar in Uttarakhand
The Gandhi Setu Bridge across the Ganges in Patna, Bihar
Alaknanda joins Bhagirathi at Devprayag to form the Ganges
A sailboat on the main distributory of the Ganges in Bangladesh, the Padma river.
The Ganges delta in a 2020 satellite image.
A 1908 map showing the course of the Ganges and its tributaries.
The River Ganges at Kolkata, with Howrah Bridge in the background
Lower Ganges in Lakshmipur, Bangladesh
Hardinge Bridge, Bangladesh, crosses the Ganges-Padma River. It is one of the key sites for measuring streamflow and discharge on the lower Ganges.
Chromolithograph, Indian woman floating lamps on the Ganges, by William Simpson, 1867
Descent of Ganga, painting by Raja Ravi Varma c. 1910
Preparations for cremations on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi], 1903. The dead are being bathed, wrapped in cloth, and covered with wood. The photograph has a caption, "Who dies in the waters of the Ganges obtains heaven."]
Women and children at a bathing ghat on the Ganges in Banares (Varanasi), 1885.
Shiva, as Gangadhara, bearing the Descent of the Ganges, as the goddess Parvati, the sage Bhagiratha, and the bull Nandi look on (circa 1740).
A procession of Akharas marching over a makeshift bridge over the Ganges River. Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, 2001.
Head works of the Ganges canal in Haridwar (1860). Photograph by Samuel Bourne.
The Ganges Canal highlighted in red stretching between its headworks off the Ganges River in Haridwar and its confluences with the Jumna (Yamuna) River in Etawah and with the Ganges in Cawnpore (now Kanpur).
A girl selling plastic containers in Haridwar for carrying Ganges water.
Ganges from Space
Lesser florican (Sypheotides indicus)
The catla (Catla catla) is one of the Indian carp species that support major fisheries in the Ganges
The threatened gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a large fish-eating crocodilian that is harmless to humans
The Gangetic dolphin in a sketch by Whymper and P. Smit, 1894.
People bathing and washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi.
The Ganges at Sultanganj.

The Alaknanda is a Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

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The main stem of the Ganges begins at the town of Devprayag, at the confluence of the Alaknanda, which is the source stream in hydrology on account of its greater length, and the Bhagirathi, which is considered the source stream in Hindu mythology.

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Confluence of Alaknanda River and the Bhagirathi and the beginning of the main stem of the Ganges river, or Ganga

Devprayag

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Confluence of Alaknanda River and the Bhagirathi and the beginning of the main stem of the Ganges river, or Ganga
Confluence of the Alaknanda (left) and Bhagirathi (right) Rivers to form the Ganga at Devprayag
Devprayag after the monsoons in October 2019
The Bhagirathi (left) joins the Alaknanda (right) at Devprayag
The sediment-laden Alaknanda river flowing into Devprayag.
Devprayag the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. The river gets the name "Ganges" (or Ganga) beyond Devprayag
Alaknanda and Bhagirathi sangam at Devprayag. Now the river is known as Ganga

Devprayag (Deva prayāga) is a town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in Tehri Garhwal District in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is the final one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda meets the Bhagirathi river and both rivers thereafter flow on as the Ganges river or Ganga.

Confluence of the Dhauliganga (right) with the Alaknanda (left) at Vishnuprayag

Panch Prayag

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Expression in Hindu religious ethos, specifically used to connote the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Expression in Hindu religious ethos, specifically used to connote the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Confluence of the Dhauliganga (right) with the Alaknanda (left) at Vishnuprayag
The Nandakini River (foreground) meets the Alaknanda River (background) in Nandprayag, in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India.
Karna Prayag confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar Rivers
Rudraprayag, the confluence of the Alaknanda (foreground) and the Mandakini rivers.
Dev Prayag - Confluence of Alakananda (right) and Bhagirathi (left) Rivers

It starts with the Vishnu Prayag on the Alaknanda River, which is one of the two source streams of the river Ganga in the Garhwal Himalayas; the other streams are the Dhauliganga, Nandakini, Pindar, Mandakini and the Bhagirathi - the head stream of the Ganges.

Bhagirathi River

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The turbulent Bhagirathi as it enters Devprayag.
The Bhagirathi (foreground) on its way to meet the sediment-laden Alaknanda, and to flow on as the Ganges.
Another view of the confluence at Devprayag.
Tehri Dam, the 5th tallest dam in the world

The Bhāgīrathī (Pron: /ˌbʌgɪˈɹɑːθɪ/) is a turbulent Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

However, in hydrology, the other headstream, Alaknanda, is considered the source stream on account of its great length and discharge.

Uttarakhand

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State in the northern part of India.

State in the northern part of India.

Rope bridge across Alaknanda River at Srinagar, 1784-94 – the capital of the Garhwal Kingdom
Fort of Champawat, 1815 – the first capital of the Chand kings of Kumaon Kingdom
Uttarakhand as a part of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces
Uttarakhand as a part of Uttar Pradesh, 1950–2000
With the elevation of 7816 m above sea level, Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand and the second-highest mountain in India, following Kangchenjunga in Sikkim.
With the elevation of 190 m above sea level, Sharda Sagar Reservoir is the lowest land point in Uttarakhand.
Topography of Uttarakhand.
Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand
Sumitranandan Pant Museum, Kausani
Bal Mithai, a popular sweet from Kumaon
Women performing Chanchari – a popular folk dance from Danpur region in Kumaon.
Pilgrims gather for the third Shahi Snan ("royal bath") at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on 14 April 2010 during Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
A woman winnowing rice, an important food crop in Uttarakhand.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Schematic tourist map of Uttarakhand.
Garhwal Himalaya mountain range in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.
Mahasu Devta Temple at Hanol is notable for its traditional wooden architecture.
Architectural details of a Dharamshala, established 1822, Haridwar.
Abhisarika Nayika, a painting by Mola Ram.
The releasing of the Uttaranchal crafts map
Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster)
Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora)
Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus)
West Himalayan Common Peacock (Papilio bianor polyctor)
Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata)
Burans (Rhododendron arboreum)
Kaphal (Myrica esculenta)
Kandali (Urtica dioica)
Valley of Flowers National Park
View of a Bugyal (meadow) in Uttarakhand
Har Ki Doon, a high-altitude hanging valley
Rishikesh view and 13 stories Shiva temple across Lakshman Jhula bridge over the Ganges
Kedarnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas

Two of the most important rivers in Hinduism originate in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, the Ganges at Gangotri and the Yamuna at Yamunotri.

On 7 February 2021, floods emerged from the Nanda Devi mountain glaciers, devastating locations along the Rishi Ganga, Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers, resulting in many people reported missing or killed, yet to be numbered.

The Dhauliganga river tumbling in to meet the Alaknanda River at Vishnuprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Dhauliganga River

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Turbulent Himalayan river which rises in the border regions of India and China and flows south into the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.

Turbulent Himalayan river which rises in the border regions of India and China and flows south into the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India.

The Dhauliganga river tumbling in to meet the Alaknanda River at Vishnuprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas.
A map of the headwaters of the Ganges river, showing the Dhauliganga at the top right.
The Dhauliganga river valley shown in a high-resolution map based on detailed surveys
The confluence with the Alaknanda

It joins the Alaknanda, the major source stream of the Ganges river.

View of the confluence of the Nandakini River (foreground) and the Alaknanda River (background) at Nandprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas

Nandakini

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View of the confluence of the Nandakini River (foreground) and the Alaknanda River (background) at Nandprayag in the Garhwal Himalayas

Nandakini is a river and is one of the six main tributaries of the Ganges.

Originating in the glaciers below Nanda Ghunti on the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, the river joins the Alaknanda at Nandprayag (870m), which is one of the panch prayags or holy confluences on the Alaknanda.

Satellite image of Chorabari Glacier showing Mandakini flow

Mandakini River

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Satellite image of Chorabari Glacier showing Mandakini flow
Kedarnath flash floods damaging houses along its banks
Image of collapsed bridge over Mandakini due to erosion of soil

The Mandakini River is a tributary of the Alaknanda River in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

At the end of its course it drains into the Alaknada, which flows into the Ganges.