River Hooghly, also known as the Bhagirathi-Hoogly and Kati-Ganga River, is a stunning waterbody and an important source of water, seafood and the lifeline of Howrah. It is 260 km long, and the channel flows through the city and finally merges with the Bay of Bengal. It's a picnic hotspot for locals and tourists equally where they spend time basking in the morning sun or taking a ferry ride across the river. This enchanting river is also known as Bhagirathi Hooghly which means - created by Bhagiratha - the prince of Sagar dynasty. He was destined to bring the sacred Ganges from heaven to earth; hence, the waters of the Hooghly river is considered as holy as the Ganges.
Interestingly, though according to mythology, the Bhagirathi River has been brought down from the heavens by Bhagirath a prince of the Sagar Dynasty, the Bhagirathi-Hoogly River has been influenced by man-made constructions. The Farakka Barrage diverts the waters into the Farakka Feeder Canal which regulates the supply of water sharing between India and Bangladesh. The Hoogly River is also known for some wonderful bridges that are constructed over its entire length facilitating commute and connectivity.
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