Wainganga River

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Bainganga River
Bainganga River in Bhandara City
Country India
States Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra
 - left Thanwar River, Nahara River, Sonbiri River, Bagh River, Chulband River, Gadhavi River, Triveni River, Kathani River
 - right Hirri River, Sarrati River, Chandan River, Bawanthari River, Sur River, Kanhan River, Andhari River
Cities Balaghat, Bhandara
Source Mundara
 - location Seoni District, Madhya Pradesh
 - elevation 1,048 m (3,438 ft)
 - coordinates 21°57′N 79°34′E / 21.950°N 79.567°E / 21.950; 79.567
Mouth Pranahita River
 - location Adilabad district, Gadchiroli District, border of the 2 districts
 - elevation 146 m (479 ft)
 - coordinates 19°35′24″N 79°47′59″E / 19.59000°N 79.79972°E / 19.59000; 79.79972Coordinates: 19°35′24″N 79°47′59″E / 19.59000°N 79.79972°E / 19.59000; 79.79972
Length 569 km (354 mi)
Basin 43,658 km2 (16,856 sq mi)

The Wainganga (IAST: Wainagaṅgā) is a river of India, which originates about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Mundara village of Seoni district in the southern slopes of the Satpura Range of Madhya Pradesh, and flows south through Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra states in a very winding course of approximatedly 579 km (360 mi). After joining the Wardha, the united stream, known as the Pranahita, ultimately falls into the Godavari river at Kaleshwaram, Telangana.

The river has developed extensive flood plains with sweeping graceful meanders and low alluvial flats and meander terraces. The river has high banks 10 m (33 ft) to 15 m (49 ft) on either side. The Wainganga river receives numerous tributaries on either bank and drains the western, central and eastern regions of the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra. The chief tributaries of the Wainganga are the Garhavi, Khobragadi, Kathani and Potphondi on the western bank and Andhari on the eastern bank.this river flow east of maharashtra

Cities On The River Bank[edit]

Balaghat and Bhandara are the major urban hub cities situated just on the bank of Wainganga River While Pauni and Desaiganj,(Madagi) are the small urban center situation on the bank of this River. The Government of Maharashtra is developing Protection Wall for Bhandara City to protect the Major City from heavy Flooding of River. The flood protection bund encircles Bhandara City from East and South directions. Wainganga River is water lifeline of these cities and primary source of Water. The Balaghat and Bhandara Municipal Council have a water treatment plants and fields pipeline to Wainganga River.

Water Transportation[edit]

The river is to be used for river transportation under national waterways project. The first River Port is likely to be established in Bhandara City.[1]

Tributaries of Wainganga[edit]


Originated in the Dhanora Pendhri Hills and joins Wainganga near Gadchiroli city.


Originated in the Moondapar (Seoni) and flowing by Jeonara joins Wainganga near Dhooty.


An important river of the balaghat district; flows in the most important tehsil Waraseoni. on this river nahalesara dam and also rampayali's temple is situated



Another important river originated from Sitekasa dividing Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra near mowad and bonkatta. Bawanthadi joins wainganga near mowad(Madhya Pradesh ).


Kanhan is Wainganga's longest tributary, at 275 km.It rises in the southern spurs of the Satpura Range in the north-western region of Chindwara District.

In fiction[edit]

Rudyard Kipling used the Wainganga (also spelled Wangunga in older editions) as a major landmark in the Mowgli stories of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book (1894–1895). It is the primary source of water for all the people of the jungle, the location of the Peace Rock, the place where Shere Khan vows to place Mowgli's bones once he has killed him, and the final battleground in "Red Dog". In reality though the area around the Wainganga is not actually a rainforest. The Disney interpretation of Kipling's novel as an animated film showed Mowgli and the other jungle characters moving around in lush tropical rain forests but the area around the Wainganga is dry and dusty. The forests too are of a similar nature. The original novel refers to the area likewise. The forests of the Kanha National Park built around the Wainganga do have tiger, leopard, and bear populations though.


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