By Swami Harshananda
Sindhu, a River
The name of the river Sindhu appears many times in the Ṛgveda. According to the purāṇas, it is a branch of the heavenly river Gaṅgā. When Gaṅgā fell into the lake Bindu from heaven, it broke into seven branches, one of which was Sindhu which flowed towards the west. A bath in this river was supposed to take one to heaven.
Sindhu, a Country
Sindhu was also the name of a country. Jayadratha was its king during the period of the Mahābhārata. The country of Sindhu was famous for its robust and fine horses. Sindhu also means the sea.
- Sindhu is the modern Indus river.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore