Mahanadi River

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The Mahanadi (lit.: Great River) in East Central India. It drains an area of around 132,100&nbsp;km<sup>2</sup> and has a total course of 858&nbsp;km. The river flows through the states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and Jharkhand.


Like many other seasonal Indian rivers, the Mahanadi too is a combination of many mountain streams and thus its precise source is impossible to pinpoint. However its farthest headwaters lie 6&nbsp;km from Pharisiya village 442 m above sea level south of Nagri town in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. The hills here are an extension of the Eastern Ghats and are a source of many other streams which then go on to join the Mahanadi.

For the first 80&nbsp;km of its course, the Mahanadi flows in a northerly direction and drains the eastern portions of Raipur district. It is a rather narrow river at this stage, the total length of its valley not exceeding 500–600 metres. It then enters the old Bilaspur district where it is joined by its first major tributary, the Seonath.

Middle Course

After being joined by the Seonath, the river flows in an easterly direction through the remaining part of its journey. It is joined by the Jonk and Hasdeo rivers here before entering into Odisha after covering about half...
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