Shivnath River

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Shivnath River
Shivanath River
Shivnath nadi.JPG
Native nameशिवनाथ नदी
Physical characteristics
Sourcemaskaskasa ganv
 - locationgarhchirauli, Maharashtra
 - location
Shivarinarayan, Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarh
Length383 km (238 mi)
 - locationRajghat Dam

Shivnath River (or Seonath River) is the longest tributary of Mahanadi River, which it joins in Khargahni in Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh, India. It has a total course of 290 kilometres (180 mi). The name comes for the god Shiva in Hinduism.


Shivnath originates from Panabaras Hill, 624 metres (2,047 ft) above sea level in the Ambagarh Chowki division of Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.


The river flows in the north-east direction for 300 kilometres (190 mi) from its source and joins the Mahanadi River near the town Shivrinarayan.[1][2][3][4]


The river was sold by the government of Madhya Pradesh to Radius Water Limited in 1998, to much controversy by locals.[5] Arvind Kejriwal discussed this controversy in his book Swaraj.


  1. ^ "Trade treaty trauma on nature - River activist apprehends WTO air strike in globalised world". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Shivnath River". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  3. ^ Sharad K. Jain; Pushpendra K. Agarwal; Vijay P. Singh. Hydrology and Water Resources of India. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Rivers of Chhattisgarh / छत्तीसगढ़ की नदियां - इंडिया वाटर पोर्टल (हिन्दी)". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ Makarand Purohit (June 3, 2013). "The 15-year old battle for the Shivnath river still rages!". India Water Portal.

Coordinates: 21°43′46″N 82°28′33″E / 21.7295°N 82.4758°E / 21.7295; 82.4758