The Beas River ( _pa. ਬਿਆਸ) is the second easternmost of the rivers of the Punjab. The river rises in the
Himalayasin central Himachal Pradesh, India, and flows for some 290 miles (470 km) to the Sutlej Riverin 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 Hinduepic, 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 Passin the state of Himachal Pradesh, merges with the Sutlej at Harike Pattan south of Amritsarin Punjab, India VIA Mandi. The Sutlej continues into Pakistani Punjab and joins the Chenab Riverat Uchto form the Panjnad River; the latter joins the Indus Riverat Mithankot. The waters of the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej rivers are allocated to India under the Indus Waters Treatybetween India and Pakistan.
* [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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