There are numerous legends associated with
Narmada. One legend says that Goddess Ganga once in a year appears in Narmada in the form a black cow and washes all the sins collected in Ganga. This shows the holiness of the river.
There are numerous stories regarding the origin of
in Hindu scriptures. She is considered to be the daughter of Lord Shiva. It is believed that once while Shiva was meditating in the Narmada River Amarkantaka Peak, Narmada spontaneously appeared from his body. Her sight evoked tenderness (narma) in Shiva and thus she was called Narmada.
Another story says that the sweat of Lord Shiva started gathering in a pond and it flowed down to earth to form
. Narmada River
Another story says that River Narmada and River Sone were created from two tear drops of Lord Brahma which fell on earth.
One of the most popular temples located on the banks of the river is the
. Omkareshwar Temple