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The Narmadā is the fifth-largest river of India with a total length of 1,312 km. Flowing from east to west, it originates in Amarkantak in the Maikal hills on the eastern border of present Madhya Pradesh and joins the Arabian Sea near Bharuch in Gujarat. For almost its entire length, the river and the valley adjoining its banks are enclosed by massive rock formations, the Vindhya range in the north and the Satpura in the south, forming a natural border between North India and the Deccan. The Nar…

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Jürgen Neuß, “Narmadā”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2015

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