Monday, June 15, 2009

Mahananda River

The Mahananda River is a river the originates in the district of Darjeeling in West Bengal in the Himalayas. It flows through northern part of West Bengal, Bihar in India and Bangladesh. It again enters India in the Malda district of West Bengal before entering into Bangladesh to join the Ganges near the town of Chapai Nawabganj. This river is mainly fed by rainwater. During summer or winter it has very low water level and during monsoon it carries large amount of rainwater often causing floods. Some major places by the side of the river are Siliguri and Malda both in West Bengal, India.

In Bangladesh this rivers total length is 36 km.

The Kosi (Kausiki), which now flows through the north-eastern Bihar and joins the Ganges at a point much higher up than Rajmahal, originally ran eastward and fell into the Brahmaputra. The channel of the Kosi, therefore, must have been steadily shifting towards the west, right across the whole breadth of North Bengal. There was a time when the Kosi and the Mahananda joined the Karatoya and formed a sort of ethnic boundary between people living south of it and the Kochs and Kiratas living north of the river.

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