The Bagmati River[n 1] runs through the
Kathmandu Valley of
Kathmandu from Patan. It is considered holy by both Hindus
and Buddhists. A number of
Hindu temples are located on its banks.
The importance of Bagmati also lies in the fact that Hindus are
cremated on the banks of this holy river, and Kirants are buried in
the hills by its side. According to the Nepalese
Hindu tradition, the
dead body must be dipped three times into the
Bagmati River before
cremation, so that the reincarnation cycle may be ended. The chief
mourner (usually the first son) who lights the funeral pyre must take
a holy river-water bath immediately after cremation. Many relatives
who join the funeral procession also take a bath in the Bagmati River
or sprinkle the holy water on their bodies at the end of cremation.
Bagmati River purifies the people spiritually.
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A view of
Bagmati River at Sundarijal
Bagmati River, 1950s
Bagmati River is considered the source of Nepalese civilization
and urbanization. The river has been mentioned as Vaggumuda
Vinaya Pitaka and Nandabagga. It
has also been mentioned as Bahumati (बाहुमति) in Battha
Suttanta of Majjhima Nikaya. An inscription dated AD 477
describes the river as Bagvati parpradeshe (वाग्वति
पारप्रदेशे) and subsequently in Gopalraj
Bagmati River from Sundarijal, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Chobar gorge cuts through the Mahabharat Range, also called the
Lesser Himalaya. This 2,000-to-3,000-meter (6,600 to 9,800 ft)
range is the southern limit of the "middle hills" across Nepal, an
important cultural boundary between distinctive Nepali and more Indian
cultures and languages, as well as a major geological feature.
The basin of the Bagmati River, including the
Kathmandu Valley, lies
between the much larger Gandaki basin to the West and the Kosi Basin
to the east. These adjacent basins extend north of the main Himalayan
range and cross it in tremendous gorges, in fact, the Arun tributary
of the Kosi extends far into Tibet. The smaller Bagmati rises some
distance south of the Himalaya. Without glacial sources, its flow is
more dependent on rainfall, becoming very low during the hot season
(April to early June), then peaking during the monsoon season
(mid-June to mid-August). In these respects, the Bagmati system
resembles the (West) Rapti system lying between the Gandaki basin and
the Karnali basin in the far west of Nepal.
The Bagmati originates where three headwater streams converge at
Bāghdwār (Nepali: बाघद्वार, "
Tiger Gate"), where the
water flows out through a gargoyle shaped like a tiger's mouth.
This lies above the southern edge of the Shivapuri Hills about 15
kilometers (9 mi) northeast of Kathmandu. Here the Bagmati is
wide and swift with a high load of suspended solids, giving it a grey
appearance. The river flows southwest about 10 km (6 mi)
through terraced rice fields in the
Resistant rock strata interrupt the flow in places, including at
Pashupatinath Temple. Beyond the temple, the river flows south
until joined by the larger west-flowing Monahara River, then turns
west itself. After entering Kathmandu's urban area more tributaries
enter: relatively unpolluted Dhobī Kholā and sewage-laden
Tukucha Khola.[n 2]
Then the river bends south and the Vishnumati enters from the right at
Teku Dovan. The Vishnumati also rises in the Shivapuri Hills, some 6
kilometers (4 mi) west of the Bagmati's source. It flows south
past Nagarjun Hill and Forest Reserve, Swayambhu Stupa and Durbar
Square in Kathmandu. As it passes the centre of Kathmandu, this
tributary becomes heavily polluted and choked with trash.
Flowing generally south although with many curves, the Bagmati reaches
the edge of the
Kathmandu Valley and enters Chobar Gorge near the
Dakshinkali temple complex. The gorge cuts through the Mahabharat
Range or Lesser Himalaya. The Bagmati also crosses the lower Sivalik
Hills before reaching the Terai, then crosses into
India at Dheng. It
Bihar districts Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Muzaffarpur and
Khagaria. As it flows to
Bihar the river is full with silt load and is
notorious for changing its course and braids into many branches one of
such branch joins Burhi
Gandak river near Begusarai and the combined
river drains into Ganga east of Begusarai while the main channel runs
east to drain into Koshi at Badlaghat. However in past the river had a
different course and used to drain directly into the Ganges. In
Swasthani Bratakatha of Skanda Purana, Bagmati's present northern
tributary was regarded as main channel called Sali river which was a
tributary of the Gandak and it is obvious since
Manohara river, the
present day Sali river is larger than Bagmati at their confluence.
Pollution in Bagmati River
Bagmati River contains large amounts of untreated sewage, and
large levels of pollution of the river exist due primarily to the
region's large population. Many residents in
Kathmandu empty personal
garbage and waste into the river. In particular the Hanumante
khola, Dhobi khola, Tukucha khola and Bishnumati khola are the most
polluted. Attempts are being made to monitor the Bagmati River
system and restore its cleanliness. These include "pollution loads
modification, flow augmentation and placement of weirs at critical
In May 18, 2013, under the initiative of former chief secretary Leela
mani Poudyal, The Bagmati Mega Clean Up Campaign was started. Every
Nepal Police and General Public gather to clean
the waste and sewage from the river. The Friends of the Bagmati is an
organisation set up in November 2000. According to its website, its
aim is "to reverse the degradation of the Bagmati river." In 2014,
Bagmati River is claimed to be almost pure after a long effort of 14
Flood in a Bagmati river at Sundarijal
There is no effect of flood in most of the areas that it touches, but
it has caused widespread sufferings to the people in
northern districts of Bihar. In 1993, people have seen the worst
destruction by this river. Poor water management, lack of proper
weather forecasting and awareness were the main cause of mass
Gokarneshwor Mahadev temple stands the banks of the
Bagmati River, built in 1582. In late August or early September people
go to this temple to bathe and make offerings in honor of their
fathers, living or dead, on a day called
Gokarna Aunsi also known as
"Kushi Aausi" (worshipping for the eternal peace of Father).
Guhyeshwari Temple - Guhyeshwari Temple, the Temple of Guhyeshwari
lies about 1 km east of
Pashupatinath Temple and is located near
the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple name originates from the
Sanskrit words Guhya (Secret) and Ishwari (Goddess). In Lalitha
Sahasranama the 707th name of Goddess is mentioned as Guhyarupini (The
form of Goddess is beyond human perception and it is secret. Another
argument is that it is the secret 16th syllable of the Shodashi
Mantra) (LS 137th verse: Sarasvati shastramayi Guhaamba
guhyaruupini). It is believed that Sati Devi's corpse's parts fell
in different region when
Shiva took it and roamed around the world in
Temple of Pashupatinath - The Temple of Pashupatinath, dedicated to
Shiva, stands on an outcrop above the river north of Kathmandu. It
is considered to be one of the holy places of Hinduism.
Koteshwor Mahadev -
Koteshwor Mahadev temple at Koteshwor is also a
major holy place located in bank of Bagmati River. According to a
popular legend, the
Shiva Lingam here is believed to be one of the 64
Shankhamul - Near the
Koteshwor Mahadev Temple is a place known as
Shankhamul. Shankhamul is one of the twelve “most-sacred”
confluences in the
Kathmandu valley as defined in the numerous
chronicles that document the history and legends about the Kathmandu
valley. At Shankhamul, the
Bagmati River that flows south from the
Pashupati temple complex, and all the rivers that flow from the
eastern part of the valley including the
Manohara River merge.
Kalmochan Temple - Kalmochan temple, dedicated to the
Hindu god Lord
Vishnu the preserver, was a part of the Thapathali Durbar complex in
bank of Bagmati River. It was built in early 18th century outside the
walls. Built in Moghul Kathmandu-Gothic architecture style and has
Mughal art and Nepali art. Also known as Janga Hiranya Hemnarayan
mandir. It is located at kalmochan ghat in Thapathali. It was built by
Rana prime minister Jung Bahadur Rana.
Tripureshwor Temple - The temple of Tripureshwor Mahadev near the
Kalmochan Ghat, is the largest temple in
Kathmandu Valley, built by
Lalit Tripura Sundari Devi in the nineteenth century (around 1875
B.S), it has three roofs—the upper two crafted of metal, while the
bottom one is of baked terracota—and sits on a raised platform.
The temple was made in the memory of her husband, King Rana Bahadur
Shah for his eternal bliss and for the goodwill of her nation. It was
probably the last major temple in the tiered style.
Pachali Bhairav - It was the Thakuri king Gunakamadev (924–1008
A.D.) who established the worship of Pachali Bhairav . The god is very
much associated with the founding of Kathmandu, because it was King
Gunakamadev who is traditionally believed to have founded both the
city and the festival of Bhairav which is located in the bank of
Teku Dovan - One of the 12 sacred Tirthas in the
Ghats are Places for Ritual Bathing and Cremation at or near Rivers.
Gyan Tirtha at the Confluence of
Bagmati River and Bishnumati River.
Sundhari Ghat - Sundhari Ghat is lies in the bank of Bagmati River
Jal Binayak Temple
Jal Binayak Temple -
Jal Binayak Temple
Jal Binayak Temple is a
Hindu Temple of Lord
Ganesh located in the Chobhar, central part of
Nepal. The Jal Binayak temple is the most important
Ganesh shrine of
the central region Kathmandu. It is one of the four Binayak of
Bagmti River Crossing Also Bihar's Poplur City's And Most Village
Saidpur, Rampur, Ratanpura, Rasalpur Baghla & More Villeges
Crosing On Thise River Distrt From Darbhanga
^ Formerly also written Baghmati.
^ Kholā means "small river" or "creek" in Nepali.
^ EB (1878).
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