Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 19: A Description of the Island of Jambudvipa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.17-18

etasam apo bharatyah praja namabhir eva punantinam atmana copasprisanti; candravasa tamraparni avatoda kritamala vaihayasi kaveri veni payasvini sarkaravarta tungabhadra krishnavenya bhimarathi godavari nirvindhya payoshni tapi reva surasa narmada carmanvati sindhur andhah sonas ca nadau mahanadi vedasmritir rishikulya trisama kausiki mandakini yamuna sarasvati drishadvati gomati sarayu rodhasvati saptavati sushoma satadrus candrabhaga marudvridha vitasta asikni visveti maha-nadyah

SYNONYMS

etasam -- of all these; apah -- water; bharatyah -- of Bharata-varsha (India); prajah -- the residents; namabhih -- by the names; eva -- only; punantinam -- are purifying; atmana -- by the mind; ca -- also; upasprisanti -- touch; candra-vasa -- Candravasa; tamra-parni -- Tamraparni; avatoda -- Avatoda; krita-mala -- Kritamala; vaihayasi -- Vaihayasi; kaveri -- Kaveri; veni -- Veni; payasvini -- Payasvini; sarkaravarta -- Sarkaravarta; tunga-bhadra -- Tungabhadra; krishna-venya -- Krishnavenya; bhima-rathi -- Bhimarathi; godavari -- Godavari; nirvindhya -- Nirvindhya; payoshni -- Payoshni; tapi -- Tapi; reva -- Reva; surasa -- Surasa; narmada -- Narmada; carmanvati -- Carmanvati; sindhuh -- Sindhu; andhah -- Andha; sonah -- Sona; ca -- and; nadau -- two rivers; maha-nadi -- Mahanadi; veda-smritih -- Vedasmriti; rishi-kulya -- Rishikulya; tri-sama -- Trisama; kausiki -- Kausiki; mandakini -- Mandakini; yamuna -- Yamuna; sarasvati -- Sarasvati; drishadvati -- Drishadvati; gomati -- Gomati; sarayu -- Sarayu; rodhasvati -- Rodhasvati; saptavati -- Saptavati; sushoma -- Sushoma; sata-druh -- Satadru; candrabhaga -- Candrabhaga; marudvridha -- Marudvridha; vitasta -- Vitasta; asikni -- Asikni; visva -- Visva; iti -- thus; maha-nadyah -- big rivers.

TRANSLATION

Two of the rivers -- the Brahmaputra and the Sona -- are called nadas, or main rivers. These are other great rivers that are very prominent: Candravasa, Tamraparni, Avatoda, Kritamala, Vaihayasi, Kaveri, Veni, Payasvini, Sarkaravarta, Tungabhadra, Krishnavenya, Bhimarathi, Godavari, Nirvindhya, Payoshni, Tapi, Reva, Surasa, Narmada, Carmanvati, Mahanadi, Vedasmriti, Rishikulya, Trisama, Kausiki, Mandakini, Yamuna, Sarasvati, Drishadvati, Gomati, Sarayu, Rodhasvati, Saptavati, Sushoma, Satadru, Candrabhaga, Marudvridha, Vitasta, Asikni and Visva. The inhabitants of Bharata-varsha are purified because they always remember these rivers. Sometimes they chant the names of these rivers as mantras, and sometimes they go directly to the rivers to touch them and bathe in them. Thus the inhabitants of Bharata-varsha become purified.

PURPORT

All these rivers are transcendental. Therefore one can be purified by remembering them, touching them or bathing in them. This practice is still going on.

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