Shivnath River
Physical characteristics
SourcePana aras Hill
 • locationRajnandgaon , Chhattisgarh
 • location
Changori, Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarh
Length383 km (238 mi)
 • locationMahanadi at Changori near Shivrinarayan

Shivnath River (or Seonath River) is the longest tributary of the Mahanadi River,[1] which joins Changori in the Janjgir-Champa district in Chhattisgarh, India. It has a total course of 290 kilometres (180 mi). The name comes from the god Shiva[2] in Hinduism.


Shivnath originates from Godari village in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, and flows northeast for 300 kms then joins the Mahanadi river near the town Shivrinarayan in Chhattisgarh. Some record origination at Panabaras Hill, 624 metres (2,047 ft) above sea level in the Ambagarh Chowki division of Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh.


The river flows in the northeast direction for 300 kilometres (190 mi) from its source then joins the Mahanadi River at Changori near the town Shivrinarayan.[3][4][5][6]

Shivnath River view from railway bridge near Bilaspur


The river was sold by the government of Madhya Pradesh to Radius Water Limited in 1998, to much controversy by locals.[7] Arvind Kejriwal discussed this controversy in his book Swaraj.


  1. ^ "Mahanadi River | Description, Map, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Shiva | Definition, Forms, God, Symbols, Meaning, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Trade treaty trauma on nature - River activist apprehends WTO air strike in globalised world". Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Shivnath River". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ Sharad K. Jain; Pushpendra K. Agarwal; Vijay P. Singh (16 May 2007). Hydrology and Water Resources of India. ISBN 9781402051807. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Rivers of Chhattisgarh / छत्तीसगढ़ की नदियां - इंडिया वाटर पोर्टल (हिन्दी)". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  7. ^ Makarand Purohit (3 June 2013). "The 15-year old battle for the Shivnath river still rages!". India Water Portal.

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