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Padmanabhan.J
09-11-2012, 12:45 PM
Brahmaputra


There are many mythological stories about Brahmaputhra. The most popular and
sacred one is about the river's birth in 'Kalika Purana'. It describes how
Parasurama, got rid of his sin of killing his mother Renuka with an axe (or
Parashu) by taking bath in the sacred waters of Brahma puthra.

Obeying the order from his father Jamadagni, Parasurama killed his own mother by severing her head with an axe.

As a result of this nefarious act, the axe got stuck to his hand
and he was unable to take it off his hand. On advice from sages, Parasurama started on a pilgrimage and ultimately reached the place, which is presently known as Parashuram Kunda (about 25 km north of Tezu in Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh).

According to the legend the mighty river was confined to a Kund or a small lake
surrounded by hills at that time. Parasurama cut down the hills on one side to
release the sacred water for the benefit of the common people. By this act,
Parasurama's axe came out of his hand to his great relief and he knew that he
had been exonerated from his sin.

Brahma Puthra- son of Lord Brahma
As the very name indicates, Brahmaputhra means the son of Lord Brahma .

Shāntanu, a famous ancient sage began a long meditation in an ashram in Kailash Manasaravor area along with his beautiful wife Amodha. Amodha was so beautiful that Lord Brahma himself became enchanted by the beauty of Amodha and requested her to make love with him. But Amodha did not accept Brahma’s proposal. However, by that time Lord Brahma had become so excited that his discharged his seed at that place. When Shāntanu came to know about this, he put Brahma’s seed in the womb of Amodha.

Subsequently, Amodha gave birth to a son and he was called Brahmaputra (literally "Brahma's son"). The tank near the ashram of sage Shantanu is known as the Brahmkund. It was this Brahma Kunda opened on one side by Parasurama.

There is another story which speaks of the Brahmaputra being an instrument of the Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, or the Divine Triad, in carrying the legacy of a mythical prophet named Pranadhesh. He had been influential in certain areas along the river's banks, and his teachings gave rise to some concepts that still persist to this day. Pranadhesh had a wife named Bamhuri, whose love for him was so strong that she conceived a child without physical consummation.

The child, Pranashad, grew into a fine young boy, and legend has it that his father became jealous of Pranashad's love for his mother Bamhuri. Eventually, Pranadhesh's jealousy reached its peak when Bamhuri's love for him faded, such was her obsession with their only son. In a fit of rage, he confronted Pranashad alone on the banks of the Brahmaputra. A fight ensued, and Pranadhesh grabbed the boy and hurled him into the boiling river. Such was his shame, that the next day he leapt into the river in the same spot where his only son had disappeared from view. Some say his plaintive cries for Pranashad may be heard in the still of the late evening.




Another legend says:

Balarama and Brahma puthra river

Balarama, Krishna's brother committed the sin of killing many Brahmins. To wash
of his sins, he went on a pilgrimage and visited the confluence of the rivers
Brahmaputra and Laskshya. He used his plough to get them to flow and meet yet
another river the Dhaleshwari. As this was the place where the plough stopped,
it was called Langalbandh.

The Lohit or Luit or Lauhitya joins the Brahmaputra and the Brahmaputra itself
is called by these names in parts of North Eastern India. From India, the
Brahmaputra enters Bangladesh.

The other names of the River Brahma puthra are
dihang , dibang, lohit, padma, jamuna



Sources:http://knramesh.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/river-brahmaputra.html

http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_other_names_of_the_Brahmaputra_river&altQ=What_are_the_other_names_of_Brahmaputra_river

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmaputra_River