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Rivers in Rajasthan UPSC NOTE


Mahi River

  • The Mahi is a river in western India. 

  • It rises in Madhya Pradesh and, after flowing through the Vagad region of Rajasthan, enters Gujarat and flows into the Arabian Sea. 

  • It is one of the relatively few west-flowing rivers in India, alongside the endorheic Luni River, the Sabarmati River, the Tapi River and the Narmada River. 

    • Most peninsular rivers in India flow eastward into the Bay of Bengal or northward into the Ganges River.

  • The exact position of Mahi River origin is Minda Village, which is situated in Dhar district Madhya Pradesh.

  • The Mahi river rises in the western Vindhya Range and flows northward through Madhya Pradesh state. 

  • Turning northwest, it enters Rajasthan state and then turns southwest to flow through Gujarat state through the north of Vadodara city outskirts and enters the sea by a wide estuary before Khambhat after about a 580-km course.

  • The riverbed lies considerably lower than the land level and is of little use for irrigation.

  • The silt brought down by the Mahi has contributed to the shallowing of the Gulf of Khambhat and the abandonment of its once-prosperous ports. 

  • The river is worshipped by many people and has many temples and places of worship along its shore. 

  • It is popularly described as Mahisagar due to the vastness of the river. 

  • This river crosses the Tropic of Cancer twice.


  • Banswara Dam, Kadana Dam, Wanakbori dam (Weir)

Som River

  • Som river, which rises in the Eastern slopes of the Aravalli hills in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan.

  • It is a major tributary of Mahi.

  • The tributaries of the Mahi River are Som, Jakham, Moran, Anas, and Bhadar.

Jakham River

  • Jakham River (Jakham River) is a stream in Rajasthan

  • Jakham Dam is built on the Jakham river, located in Pratapgarh District in Rajasthan.

Why it is in news?

  • Heavy rain lashed parts of Rajasthan, triggering flood-like situation in Banswara, Dungarpur and Pratapgarh districts.

  • With the rise in the water level of Mahi river, Beneshwar Dham in Dungarpur district has turned into an island. 

  • Beneshwar Dham, a tribal pilgrimage temple, is located at the confluence of Mahi, Som and Jakham rivers.



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Rivers in Rajasthan UPSC NOTE
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