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Yamuna River

The Yamuna and the Ganges are considered the most sacred rivers in India. Yamuna, according to the belief, was the daughter of Surya, (the Sun God), and sister to Yama, (the God of Death). As a result, popular belief is that, those who take a dip in its holy waters, are not overwhelmed by uncertainties of death.

Yamunotri, which is north of Haridwar in the Himalayan Mountain, is the source of the Yamuna. The river Yamuna begins from the Yamunotri glacier, near Banderpoonch crest, (38o 59' N 78o 27' E) in the Mussourie range of the junior Himalayas, at a height of about 6387 meters, above mean sea level in district Uttarkashi (Uttranchal).

The river Yamuna, finds an individual mention in the Hindu legends. Some say that the source of the river is the Saptarishi Kund, a glacial lake. The history says that, Yamuna is the companion of Lord Shri Krishna.

Yamuna (sometimes called Jamuna) is a main river of northern India, with a total length of about 1370 km. It is the largest branch of the Ganga.The Yamuna, which initiate less than a hundred miles east of the Bhagirathi, flows similar to the Ganga and a small to the south for most of its course before merging with the Ganga, at the holy city of Allahabad, also known as Triveni Sangam(meeting point of the Ganga and Yamuna ). New Delhi, (capital of India,) and Agra, (site of the Taj Mahal,) is two of the major cities on the Yamuna.

There is a temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna, which remains closed from November to May. At Hanumanchatti, the Hanuman Ganga combines with Yamuna River. According to a myth, this private temple was the home of an ancient sage, Asit Muni.

The wonderful house of Lord, Gokula, is the home of the river Yamuna. It is that, the river first went about Shri Krishna, previous to descending down to the earth as per the order of her Lord. River Yamuna came to be called as "Kalindi", as she laid a hand on the peak of Kalind. Then she come down the hills, and reached the plains at Khandav Vana, which has been urbanized as Delhi city now.

The river Yamuna is a chief river of northern India, with a total length of around, 1370 km. It is the largest branch of river Ganga or Ganges. It flows through the states of Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, before meeting the Ganges, at Allahabad. The cities of Delhi, Mathura and Agra are on the banks of the river. Major tributaries of this river are Tons, Chambal , Betwa , Sindh and Ken, Tons being the largest.
The largest branch of the Yamuna, The Tons, has some magical spots in its upper reaches. Woodland of Alder and Blue pine leads to the famous Har-ki-Dun, catchment region, and source of another branch, the Rupin. Har-ki-Dun is an impressive valley high up, an amphitheatre loop on three sides by spurs of the Great Himalayas. It is a wonderland with huge green Alps that stimulate a sense of solitude that only the high Himalayas can inspire. The Rupin makes a stunning precipitous descent through a narrow valley.

Yamuna River forms the eastern borderline of Haryana, with Uttar Pradesh. Yamuna goes into Haryana, near the Kalesar forest in Yamunanagar region. It gushes south along the districts of Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, and way out Haryana near Hasanpur, in district Faridabad. At Tajewala barrage in district Yamunanagar, the waters of the river Yamuna are trapped and diverted in the Western Yamuna Canal. There is an enjoyable tourist spot at Hathni Kund, near this barrage.

The river Yamuna is closely connected to Lord Krishna's pastimes. The Lord Krishna made the river Yamuna sacred from the beginning of his transcendental pastime in the world.