A BRIEF HISTORY OF RIVER TAPI
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself”, just like a beautiful magical watercourse, The Tapi a river of central India. It is one of the major rivers of peninsular India with the length of around 724 km; it runs from east to west. The Tapi River originates in the Betul district from a place called Multai. It is one of only three rivers in peninsular India that run from east to west - the others being the Narmada River and the Mahi River. The Tapi is the second largest westward draining inter-state river basin. It covers a large area in the State of Gujarat besides areas in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
According to the legends, Tapi River also known as Tapti is the daughter of Surya (the Sun God). Some says that Surya created the Tapi River in order to save himself from his own intense heat. The river finds mention in the great Indian epic Mahabharata, according to which Tapti had married Sanvaran, a legendary hero of the moon dynasty. Tapti and Sanvaran also had the son called Kuru. It was on his name only the Kuru dynasty started. Tapi is considered as the Goddess among the Hindus and is worshiped among them.