Key Facts about Saryu River

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Overview:

An artificial lake formed in the Saryu River remains a “significant threat” as efforts to drain it have failed for the second consecutive day.

About Saryu River:

  • It is a river that flows through the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is also known as the Sarayu or Sarju River.
  • This river is of ancient significance, finding mentions in the Vedas and the Ramayana
  • Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, is situated on the banks of the river Sarayu. The banks of Sarayu in Ayodhya are a common site for various religious rituals.
  • Course:
    • It originates primarily from the foothills of the Himalayas and becomes an auxiliary river to the Sharada.
    • It flows through Kapkot, Bageshwar, and Seraghat towns before discharging into the Sharada River at Pancheshwar at the India-Nepal border. 
    • Sharada River (also known as Kali River) then flows into the Ghaghara Riverin Sitapur District, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Lower Ghaghara is popularly known as Sarayu in India, especially while it flows through the city of Ayodhya.

Q1: Which are the major tributaries of the ghaghara river?

It is the largest tributary of the Ganges by volume and the second longest tributary of the Ganges by length after Yamuna. This river originates near Lake Mansarovar in the Tibetan Plateau.The Ghaghara River has several tributaries, including the Karnali River, Seti River, and Kali Gandaki River. The Karnali, in particular, is a major river that joins the Ghaghara in Nepal.

Source: Artificial lake in Saryu remains unopened due to heavy rainfall