Guj: નર્મદા નદી narmadā nadī
Nerbudda, Narbada. From Skt: narmada, ‘causing mirth or pleasure’, ‘delightful’.
The Narmada, India’s fifth longest river, is called the ‘life line’ of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. It is one of the seven holy rivers of India along with the Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Sindhu, and Kaveri. It flows westwards from Amarkantak in central India over a length of 1,300 km before merging into the Arabian Sea.
The Narmada became part of a conflict between the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the government over the social and environmental consequences of building the Sardar Sarovar Dam.