Rivers/Lakes

 

 

1. The Mahi

It forms the north-eastern and east-northern boundaries of the District in Petlawad tahsil. The pampawati of Petlawad, combined with the Ladki, joins it near Bhairongarh Railway Station.

The word "Mahi" may have been derived from Mahi the daughter of the Earth. It may have derived its name alternatively from Muhi, the sour milk. It is said that once an unmarried girl was churning curd in an earthern pot. She saw her would be father-in-law gazing at her in an undersirable manner. So she hid hereself in the churning pot which broke down, spilting the Muhi, which became the source of river. It is for this reason people believe, that the river is called the Mahi. It is a sacred river.

2. The Anas

The Anas is a large tributary of the Mahi. It rises from the south-eastern part of Jhabua tahsil. The northern off shoot of the vindhyachal range bifurcates at Phurtalao hill (1770 ft. ) into the northern and western branches. The Anas flows to the north for about 37 kms., 9kms. To the west, and towards the north-west for another 44 kms. within the District. Most of the later course lies Gujrat. The Anas maintains this direction in Kushalgarh Tehsil for 4 kms. but turnes to the west and joins the left bank of the Mahi, 25 kms. beyond.

The Kali (of Guwali) and the Khan flow mostly in the Panch Mahals district of Gujrat but join the Anas in Jhabua, near Guwali village.

3. Kunda

There is a scared Kunda at Devjhiri 6 kms. east of Jhabua on Dhar road. A certain sadhu lived here and used to bath in the Narmada everday. In his old age he prayed the mother goddess Narmada and cerated this Kunda which is believed to be equally sacred.

4. Tank

A very old tank exists in village Bhagore. An inscribed victony pillar on its bank is dated V.S.1336 (A.D. 1279). It is said that a Bhairava, named Bagga got the tank dug with the assistance of a nimph, on the occasion of a famine. The head of a broken image is belived to be that of Bagga. Some other temples of Antiquity, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ram and Hanuman are located on the bank of the tank. A tank at Petlawad was constructed by Tukoji Rao.