Beas River


Beas River

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The Beas River
(or Vipasha, Hindi: ब्यास, Punjabi: ਬਿਆਸ, Sanskrit: विपाशा) is a river in the northern part of India. The river rises in the Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh, India, and flows for some 470 km (290 miles) to the Sutlej River in the Indian state of Punjab.

The river was also known as Arjikuja of the Vedas, or
Vipasa to the ancient Indians, and the Hyphasis to the Ancient Greeks.

The present name "Beas" is thought to be a corruption of the older name and original name "Vipasha" in Sanskrit. The river got this name, Vi-pasha, the "one who removed the bondage" (or pasha in Sanskrit).
According to ancient texts, the river was named after sage Vasistha. Vasistha, tried to end his life due to the death of his 100 sons, by jumping into this river and tying himself. But as soon as the sage fell into the river, all the knots got untied, and he did not die. The river is also referred to as Vipasha in Himachal, especially by the scholars.

It is said that Beas is a misnomer for Vayasa (exchange of B with V and always truncation of the last vowel is common in North Indian languages) and is named after Veda Vyasa, the presiding patron of the river; he is said to have created it from its source lake, the Vyas Kund.
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Things found on the way


Beas flows on -
the pee-wit's calls
from the reeds

not a single horse
on the expansive pasture -
Beas flowing on

Shared by Rosie Mann
Joys of Japan, 2012


Related words

***** . Lapwing 田鳧 tageri .
Vanellus vanellus

The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus),
also known as the Peewit, Green Plover or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing, is a bird in the plover family.

***** . Haiku from Punjab .


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