|Canto 5: The Creative Impetus||Chapter 17: The Descent of the River Ganges|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.17.8
bhadrā cottarato meru-śiraso nipatitā giri-śikharād giri-śikharam atihāya śṛńgavataḥ śṛńgād avasyandamānā uttarāḿs tu kurūn abhita udīcyāḿ diśi jaladhim abhipraviśati
bhadrā — the branch known as Bhadrā; ca — also; uttarataḥ — to the northern side; meru-śirasaḥ — from the top of Mount Meru; nipatitā — having fallen; giri-śikharāt — from the peak of Kumuda Mountain; giri-śikharam — to the peak of Nīla Mountain; atihāya — passing over as if not touching; śṛńgavataḥ — of the mountain known as Śṛńgavān; śṛńgāt — from the peak; avasyandamānā — flowing; uttarān — the northern; tu — but; kurūn — the land known as Kuru; abhitaḥ — on all sides; udīcyām — in the northern; diśi — direction; jaladhim — the ocean of salt water; abhipraviśati — enters into.
The branch of the Ganges known as Bhadrā flows from the northern side of Mount Meru. Its waters fall onto the peaks of Kumuda Mountain, Mount Nīla, Śveta Mountain and Śṛńgavān Mountain in succession. Then it runs down into the province of Kuru and, after crossing through that land, flows into the saltwater ocean in the north.
Copyright © The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, Founder Ācārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness