▪️ Mahanadi River
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▪️The Mahanadi River system is the third largest of peninsular India and the largest river of Odisha state.
▪️Its basin extends over states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha and comparatively smaller portions of Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh
▪️ The river originates from Sihawa in Chattisgarh and Drains near False point in Odisha, Bay of Bengal
Left – Seonath, mand, Ib, Hasdeo
Right – Ong, Parry, jonk, Telen
▪️ The Mahanadi was notorious for its devastating floods for much of recorded history. Thus it was called ‘the sorrow of Orissa’.
▪️At Sambalpur the Hirakud Dam (one of the largest dams in India) on the river has formed a man-made lake 35 miles (55 km) long.
▪️Puri, at one of its mouths, is a famous pilgrimage site.
▪️Mahanadi basin, because of its rich mineral resource and adequate power resource, has a favorable industrial climate.