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Bakulahi River

This beautiful river marks its origination from Bharatpur Lake, Rae Bareli which is the district of Uttar Pradesh. The river is densely populated and happens to be a great agricultural support system. The area surrounding the river is densely populated also because of the natural flora and fauna that is found around it. Further the river falls down and gets blended with Sai river which is a tributary of Gomathi River in Kajurni district of Mandata block.

The river has an excellent life supporting system for decades. Being one of the oldest rivers of the country, it holds its own significance in historical epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.


There is a significant role that is played by Bakulahi River in the epics of Indian mythology. This river is said to be one of the oldest rivers of the country since it has its mention in the Vedas. However, even in Mahabharat and Ramayan there is a description of the magnificent river in Sanskrit. The river was originally called as, Balkuni is ancient times, but as the period passed on it got renamed as Bakulahi. This extremely fertile river turns into a holy river at a place called, Bhayaharan Nath Dham, which is located near Katra.


The Balkhuni river begins her journey from Bharatpur lake, Rae bareli, which is the district of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that the river has its origin in the district called Pratapgarh as well. This ever flowing river which supports numerous lives, not just on land but also aquatic lives flows down from both the districts and lastly merge into Sai river. This Sai river is the tributary of River Gomathi.


Not much has been found regarding the tributaries of the river except the fact that the river meets and merges into Sai River which happens to be a tributary of the river called Gomathi.

Religious Significance

The river has its mention in Mahabharat and Ramayana. Being one of the oldest rivers, this river has its role to play in the epics as well.


The river turns out to be a holy river at a place called, Bhayaharan Dham. The shivlingam is worshipped here at the temple. During the period of Mahabharata, when Pandavas were sent on exile in the forest, it is believed that a demon called “bakasur” was killed at the same place. The Pandavas further re-established the shivlingam, marking the gain of the confidence and making the place not just a place of worship but also a milestone of victory.


In Ramayana, there is a brief description of the river.

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