: ধলেশ্বরী Dhôleshshori
) is a 160-km-long distributary of the Jamuna River
in central Bangladesh
. It starts off the Jamuna near the northwestern tip of Tangail District
. After that it divides into two branches: the north branch retains the name Dhaleshwari and merges with the other branch, the Kaliganga River at the southern part of Manikganj District
. Finally the merged flow meets the Shitalakshya River
near Narayanganj District
. This combined flow goes southwards to merge into the Meghna River
Average depth of river is and maximum depth is .
The Dhaleshwari is presently a branch of the Jamuna but in the past was probably part of the main course of the Padma
. The course of the Padma has changed considerably during the period 1600 to 2000 AD. It is difficult to trace accurately the various channels through which it has flowed. The probability is that it flowed past Rampur Boalia, through Chalan Beel
, the Dhaleshwari and Buriganga
rivers, past Dhaka
into the Meghna
estuary. In the 18th century, the lower course of the river flowed further south. About the middle of the 19th century the main volume of the channel flowed through this southern channel which came to be known as Kirtinasa. Gradually the Padma adopted its present course.Majumdar, Dr. R.C., History of Ancient Bengal
, First published 1971, Reprint 2005, pp. 3-4, Tulshi Prakashani, Kolkata, ISBN 81-89118-01-3.