Ancient and Modern names of Indian Rivers

Civilisations are the certified mirror of time and society. Although the natural structure like mountain, sky, land, vegetation, river are intact from the gneiss human beings to the development of cultures, but these structures help us to build the perception of the periodical changes in the nature. Moreover, civilizations tended to grow up in river valleys for a number of reasons because humans invariably settled along the flood plains of rivers. This shouldn't be at all surprising because through the regular flooding that happens there, these soils were full of nutrients and there was water aplenty.

Let us know - the ancient and modern names of Indian rivers which are given in tabular form.

Palaeolithic Age | Mesolithic Age | Neolithic Age | Chalcolithic Culture

Ancient and Modern names of Indian Rivers

Ancient Names

Modern Names

Kubhu

Kurram

Kubha

Kabul

Vitastata

Jhelum

Askini

Chinab

Purushni

Ravi

Shatudri

Satluj

Vipasha

Beas

Sadanira

Gandak

Drishdvati

Ghaghara

Gomti

Gomal

Suwastu

Swat

Indus

Indus

Saraswati / Drishtwarti

Ghaghar/ Rakshi/Chittag

Sushoma

Sohan

Marudvridha

Maruvarman

When we talk about Indian civilisation and culture, it appears to be revolving around Vedic culture and four basic texts of Vedic culture - Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda. These texts consider the omnipresent formless form of God. Rivers have had considerable importance in Indian civilization and culture. Perhaps this is why we also call the Indian social culture as ‘Ganga-Jamuni culture’ or ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb’.

Hence, we can say that the features of any civilisation like urban development, social stratification, specialization of labour, centralized organization, and written or other formal means of communication are revolving around rivers and its valley. This is because a river gives the inhabitants a reliable source of water for drinking and agriculture.

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