Chenab River

Course of Chanab in the catchment area of the Indus

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The Chanab or Chenab (Hindi: चेनब Cenab; Panjabi ਚਨਾਬ, canāb; Urdu چناب ) is a river in India and Pakistan with a length of 1242 kilometers. It begins at the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga at Tandi in the upper Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh. Its upper course is also known under the name Chandrabhaga. It flows through the Jammu region in the south of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into the plains of the Punjab, where at first the Jhelum and the Ravi flows into him. The Chanab flows together with the Satluj and forms with it the Panjnad ( "Five Rivers" ), which eventually flows into the Indus.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the river is dammed by the Baglihar Dam. The water supply of the Chanab to Pakistan is governed by the Indus Water Treaty between the two countries.

In Vedic times, the river the Indians under the name Ashkini or Iskmati and the Greeks was known as Acesines. In the collective consciousness of the people of Punjab the Chanab occupies a prominent position; it plays an important role in the national epic of the Punjab Heer Ranjha.

See also: List of longest rivers of the earth

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