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By Swami Harshananda

Sindhu, a River

The name of the river Sindhu[1] appears many times in the Ṛgveda. According to the purāṇas, it is a branch of the heavenly river Gaṅgā. When Gaṅgā fell into the lake Bindu from heaven, it broke into seven branches, one of which was Sindhu which flowed towards the west. A bath in this river was supposed to take one to heaven.

Sindhu, a Country

Sindhu was also the name of a country. Jayadratha was its king during the period of the Mahābhārata. The country of Sindhu was famous for its robust and fine horses. Sindhu also means the sea.


  1. Sindhu is the modern Indus river.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore