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MAJOR RIVERS OF INDIA

There are total nine major rivers flowing in Indian Subcontinent. These rivers are divided in two major categories; they are 1) Perennial rivers, 2) Non-Perennial rivers.

Perennial rivers: - The rivers which flow throughout the year are called as perennial rivers. In India these rivers are also called as Himalayan rivers as all the perennial rivers originate from the Himalayan ranges. The melting snow is the major source of water for these rivers. Many of the largest rivers like Ganga, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Yamuna etc. falls under this category. The crops that grow along these rivers are paddy, maize, sugarcane, wheat etc.

Non-Perennial rivers: - The rivers that does not have continuous flow throughout the year are called non-perennial rivers. These rivers mostly flow in rainy season as rain is the major source of water for them. These rivers are mostly found in the southern part of India. Unlike perennial rivers, they don’t have a common origin. They originate from different places, especially mountains and lakes. The major rivers in this category are Krishna, Kaveri, Godavari etc. The major crops grown in this region are paddy, sorghum, cotton, ragi etc.