By Mihir Gupta | 14 February, 2017 12:07:18A river that is named after a river in India is no longer a river.
The name of the river is no more, the Indian government has announced in a statement on Friday.
In a statement released by the ministry of water resources, the government said the decision to rename the river in the city of Chitrakoot was taken on October 29, 2019, and that the new name will be announced in 2019.
“This was a long-standing practice for our region and we have been using the river as a symbol for the people of Chittrakoot,” the statement said.
“The river has always been known as a sacred river.
It is the only river that has been named after an Indian god.
We hope this change in the name of Chirag, will bring positive change for our river.”
The announcement came as a surprise to the local residents.
The Chiraga river is located about 200 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Kolkata.
The river is said to be sacred to the Mahabharata and Mahabarata texts.
In fact, the river was known as Chiraghah before the ancient Vedas were written down.
It is not known how many generations of the Chiragi tribe have been named in Chittra.