Divine river Goddess Narmada.
River Narmada is one of the seven holy rivers of India, the other six being Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Sindhu and Kaveri. It orginates from Amarkantak hills in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.The legend of river Narmada is related to Hindu God Shiva. Shiva was once meditating at Amarkantak hills when Narmada was formed from his skin. Shiva blessed her with lifelong freedom. Devas (demi-gods) tried to capture her, but she slipped through their hands, taking the form of a river. Narmada is also called Shankari, meaning daughter of Shankar or Shiva. The banks of river Narmada had hermitage of many important sages like Bhrigu, Kapila, and Markandeya. The pebbles at the bed of river Narmada are of the shape of Shiva Lingam, the abstract symbol of Shiva. Like Ganga, Narmada is also believed to wash away the sins of her devotess. Narmada is shown here as four-handed, holding Trishul (trident), Kalash (pot), and Shiva Lingam. She is shown as riding on her animal mount, Crocodile.