Yamuna Jayanti : An Unforgettable River Journey Through Pictures..

Tomorrow on 12th April is Yamuna Jayanti the birth anniversary of River Yamuna. The festival is also known as Yamuna Chhath  and is celebrated on Shashthi sixth day of Shukla Paksha in Chaitra month that falls during Navratri.  The auspicious day commemorates the decent of Goddess Yamuna on Earth and is therefore celebrated with great pomp and show in the city of Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.

While thousands of devotees and dependents seek Yamuna’s blessing and wish the river to flow eternally and keep providing sustenance and livelihoods to millions on the occasion to celebrate the day SANDRP has managed to collect the latest pictures of the River all through its entire 1376km length right from Yamnotri the origin place till it merges into Ganga at Allahbad. The pictorial report clearly shows the bleak future of the river which is also the largest tributary of our national river the Ganga.

There are pictures from remote places along Yamuna which are located at a long distance from internet services. Many of the senders even lack smart phone, camera and internet services despite that they have made efforts to make this report possible. So I express gratitude and extend my sincere thanks to all my friends living close to Yamuna for sending pictures and making the this report possible.

  1. Jagmohan Bartwal, Kharadi, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
  2. Nishant Panwar, Vikas Nagar, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  3. Kiranpal Rana & Anil Sharma, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
  4. Jogindar Gurjar, Ramra, Shamli, Uttar Pradesh
  5. Yayati Bhardwaj Delhi
  6. Ravi Monga, Delhi
  7. Manoj Daffali, Delhi
  8. Raj Kumar, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
  9. Gunvant Dhinoja, Gokul, Mathura , Uttar Pradesh 
  10. Ashwani Misra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  11. Radhey Shyam, Bateshwar, Uttar Pradesh
  12. Jaikant, Ekdala, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Yamnotri Jagmohan Bartwal(09 April 2016) 

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The picture shows  8Mw Gangani Small Hydro Project blocking the entire river course. The developer recently has done construction work on riverbed raising the bed level. We can see dry Yamuna course downstream and tiny JCB and workers still working in riverbed.

The project is located 35km dwonstream the Yamnotri shrine, Uttarkahsi in Uttarakhand. It has caused a lot of damage to environment and human property during June 2013 flash flood. Kindly read SANDRP blog to know on the issue in detail

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as a result the river either trickles or at times completely runs dry for 3km in the stretch. The bridge in the pics  damaged during June 2013 flood due to hydro projects still  lies unreparied even after 3 years of deluge as a result a dozen of villages are suffering immensely.

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Finally the water gushing out of Gangani power station.

Vikas Nagar, Dehradun Nishant Panwar (09-10 April 2016)

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Entire River Yamuna water again put into 120 Vyasi Hydro Power Project reservoir site, Juddo, Yamuna Bridge, Nainbagh. The devasted and devoid riverbed is visible here. Explore SANDRP Blog  on the issue 

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Vyasi Project Tunnel mouth in which Yamuna will be imprisoned


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Hijecked water rejoining the river course at Juddo

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River in natural state downstream project head


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Natural stream meeting the river downstream project head

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Vyasi project power house site, the 8km long tunnel ends here

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Closer look at power house site

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Tunnel muck dumped by the river (right side), the at the door step of hills

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Scenic view of river

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Cattles enjoying bath in river

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Vikas Nagar town waste water entering the river, untreated

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Entire Vikas Nagar Town dumped by the river. Read SANDRP Blog to know detail

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Migratory birds visit the river here

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People drink the water without a second think

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We can judge the shallow level of water

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Ravi Monga (Delhi) Yamuna Nagar, Karnal (03 April 2016)

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Yamuna River downstream Hathini Kund Barrage, Yamuna Nagar. This is the first year the river has not dried up post NGT order increasing release from Hathini Kund Barrage in the river to 352 cusec from 160 cusec


Natural Stream Thapana & Seasonal Stream Somb (carrying Yamuna water) feeding the river with more water

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Quality of the water

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Kanalsi villagers Yamuna feeling gratitude to river (This pics is by Anil Sharma standing in left side)

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Somb river bank full with natural vegetation protected by Kanalsi villagers

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Ready to reap wheat harvest on the land adjoining to river

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Maskara river another local tributary (right) joining the Yamuna river at Kalanaur Bridge Yamuna Nagar

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Thus River Yamuna managing to flow at Karnal though the water level is too shallow


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Ravi Monga a Yamuna devotee from Delhi  was more than happy and surprised to see a clean and flowing river. His group is campaigning for a perennial river at Mathura

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Pics of Dhanaura Escape carrying Yamuna Nagar effluents falls in the Yamuna in Karnal

Panipat, Jogindar Gurjar (10 April 2016)


The impact of the pollution is visible at Panipat

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River has turned into a pond beneath the bridge creating impression of sufficient water


Drain No. 2 carrying Panipat industrial effulents meets the river downstream Panipat bridge

Sonipat & Delhi (upstream Wazirabad Barrage) Yayati Bhardwaj 10 April 2016


River downstream Gauri Bridge Sonipat


The bridge is undergoing repairing work hence a seprate route was laid through the river


Sheepherd on soon to dry riverbed


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Baghpat UP drain flowing towards River bd34b8ae-668f-4a65-8fa3-9fa226be60e7



With falling water level boats have truned useless


as a result bikes, carts and people easily go across the river


Due to Drain No. 2 Panipat, Dhanaura Karnal the impact of pollution is visible here but cattles with no other option drink the water occasionally

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Work of Ranny well in progrss Haryana govt. has been making several such ranny wells in Yamuna flood plain in Sonipat & Faridabad districts


Drain No. 2 which usually carry the Delhi potable water share meeting the river at Palla Delhi


This fisherman has got a 20160410445

good fish catch


Attracting make shift hut by the river at Palla


Farmers using all sort of chemical in farming

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Sand mining going on in river in broad day light


Devotees worshiping and bathing in the river


A diya offered by devotee floating in the river


People report of falling water level


Farmer harvesting wheat crops grown by the river Palla Delhi


A massive leakage in DJB pipeline submerging croplands

Delhi Manoj Daffali (03 April 2016) 


Polluted as ever

Shergarh Mathura, Raj Kumar (11 April 2016)

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People falling victom to the pollution they never causes

Gunvant Dhinoja, Gokul Barrage Mathura UP (11 April 2016)


Polluted river at Gokul Barrage



and devotees has no option other than bathing in a polluted Yamuna Ji

Ashwani Misra Agra UP (11 April 2016) AG 2

River at Agra

Radhey Shyam Bateshwar UP (10 April 2016) 

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Devotees at famous Bateshwar Ghat. Due to depth & distance impact of pollution decreasing onwards this place

The dying river is further revived by Chambal, Betwa and Ken as  a result

Ekdala Allahabad UP, Jaikant (11 April 2016)

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we see river in much better and healthier form here. Villagers have also repoted of good dolphins citing this year

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Same stretch in March 2016

Bhim Singh Rawat (we4earth@gmail.com) SANDRP

You may also like to explore below mentioned links to know more on Yamuna River

4 thoughts on “Yamuna Jayanti : An Unforgettable River Journey Through Pictures..

  1. Thanks for this very interesting post. So, which year, or whenabouts do you think the Yamuna was born? Also, hydrologically, the small yamnotri stream wouldn’t quite qualify to be the ‘source’ stream would it? The larger glacial flows from the Tons dominate flow by far. Just some thoughts… thanks again. Theo


  2. I extend my gratitude to Yayati and his team for working on holi river Yamuna to save this great river by awaking the conciousness of the people by showing what is going on with river Yamuna through Pictures.


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