Karmanasa (KarmaNasha) - A Cursed River in India

Do you know India has a cursed river? Amongst the sacred rivers of India, Karmanasa (Karmanasha) River is considered to be cursed and it is believed that touching its water would ruin one's plan. There is hardly any development along the river. The people living around this river just eat dry fruits, because cooking food would require water.

Cursed River
Karmanasha River

Karmanasa (Karmanasha) River is a tributary of the Ganga River. Karmanasa River originates in Kaimur district of Bihar and flows through Uttar Prades. Along the boundary between Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, this river covers the districts like the Sonbhadra district, Chandauli district, Varanasi district and Ghazipur district on its left and the districts of Kaimur district and Buxar district on its right. 

The name of the river means destroyer of religious merit. There are several legends about it.

The Myth:
According to one legend, the sage Vishvamitra through tapasya (penance, meditation and correct practices) acquired the power to create a whole new universe. When he set out to create a new universe it aroused consternation in Indra Deva. However, he continued and after creating a copy of our universe, he started creating people, the first being Trishanku whom he decided to send up to rule his new universe. Indra Deva stopped his progress. That is how Trishanku ended up suspended head down in mid-air. The Karmanasa was born out of the saliva dripping from his mouth (Trishanku was a king of the solar dynasty, the ruler of the Kingdom of Ayodhya known for living in Trishanku’s heaven created by Vishwamitra with stars & galaxies.)

Karmanasha River
Karmanasa River

The Karmanasa originates at a height of 350 metres (1,150 ft) on the northern face of Kaimur Range near Sarodag in Kaimur district of Bihar.It flows in a north-westerly direction through the plains of Mirzapur, then forms the boundary between Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and finally joins the Holy Ganga river near Chausa.

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