Beas River

The Beas River ( _pa. ਬਿਆਸ) is the second easternmost of the rivers of the Punjab. The river rises in the Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh, India, and flows for some 290 miles (470 km) to the Sutlej River in western Punjab state. The river was also known as "Arjiki" or "Vipas" to the ancient Indians and the "Hyphasis" to the Ancient Greeks.

The present name Beas is thought to be a corruption of the word "Vyas",the name of Veda Vyasa, the author of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The river is sometimes also referred to as "Vipasha" in Himachal, especially by the scholars. The Beas River marks the eastern-most border of Alexander the Great's conquests in 326 BC.

The river begins at the Rohtang Pass in the state of Himachal Pradesh, merges with the Sutlej at Harike Pattan south of Amritsar in Punjab, India VIA Mandi. The Sutlej continues into Pakistani Punjab and joins the Chenab River at Uch to form the Panjnad River; the latter joins the Indus River at Mithankot. The waters of the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers are allocated to India under the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan.

External links

* [http://www.himachalpradesh.us/geography/himachal_river_beas.php Himachal Pradesh]
* [http://www.tri-murti.com/ancientindia/rigHistory/ch4.htm The Geography of the Rigveda]
* [http://www.neoncarrot.co.uk/h_photo_blog/diary_09/photo_diary_06_03_12a.html Photograph of Beas river at Solang Valley]
* [http://www.indiasnews.com/News-187117.html Migratory birds find new lake in Himachal]


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