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This is view from Taj mahal

The Brahmaputra (Hindi: ब्रम्हपुत्र) is one of the major rivers of Asia. In Sanskrit, it means "son of Brahma".

It originates from Mount Kailash in the Himalayan mountains in western Tibet, in China and flows 2900km into the sea in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh. It is called Tsangpo in Tibet, Siang or Dihang in Arunachal Pradesh, Luit or Brahmaputra in Assam, and one of its main branches is called Jamuna in Bangladesh. Old sanskrit call it Lauhitya. The Bodos call this river Bhullumbutter, which some have suggested, has been sanskritised to Brahmaputra.

This river eventually meets the Ganges (called Padma in Bangladesh) and Meghna rivers to form the largest river delta in the world, most of which is in Bangladesh. It is one of the few rivers in the world that exhibit a tidal bore. Most Indian rivers bear the name of a female. But this one has a rare male name. (Brahmaputra is a male name since putra in Sanskrit means 'son').

It is navigable for most of its length and the lower reaches are sacred to Hindus. The river is prone to catastrophic flooding in spring when the Himalayan snows melt

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