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Bhāgīrathī

1. Bhāgīrathī v.l. Bhagīrasī, Bhagīrathī.– A name for the Gaṅgā (e.g., J.v.93, 255; Ap.ii.436). The river was so called because the sage Bhagīratha filled up the ocean with the Gaṅgā whom he made his daughter (Mahābhārata, iii. 107, 9961; v.178, 7096). It may also be the name of a separate river flowing from the Himavā and forming one of the chief sources of the Gaṅgā. The river flowed past Haṃsavatī (e.g., Ap.i.51; ii.343).

2. Bhāgīrathī.– A channel, branching off from the Anotatta lake in Sri Lanka, and forming part of the irrigation scheme of Parakkamabāhu I. Cv.lxxix.49.

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