The birthday of River Vitasta or
According to Nilamata Purana, Sage Kashyap in order to save the people from a water demon drained the lakes. The demon was killed but due to the draining of waterbodies the present day region of
People approached Sage Kashyap to find a way to get water as the drought was getting severe and more fatal than the attack of water demon. Sage Kashyap prayed to Lord Shiva for a river which will be immune to demons and which will have good clean water. Lord Shiva agreed and he struck the ground near his abode with his trident and Goddess Parvati gushed forth in the form of a river.
The opening created by the trident measured one vitasta, which is equal to 12 angulas and therefore the river got the name Vitasta.
River Vitasta finds mention in the Mahabharata and today it is popularly known as River Jhelum after a town in