Kali Bein River

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    • Recently, Punjab Chief Minister has been admitted to hospital, days after he had drunk a glass of water directly from River Kali Bein.

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    • Kali Bein is a 165-km rivulet that starts from Hoshiarpur.
    • It runs across four districts and meets the confluence of the rivers Beas and Sutlej in Kapurthala
    • Along its banks are around 80 villages and half a dozen small and big towns. 
    • Waste water from there as well as industrial waste used to flow into the rivulet via a drain, turning its waters black, hence the name Kali Bein (black rivulet). 

    Significance of the River for Sikhs

    • The Kali Bein is of great significance to Sikh religion and history, because the first Guru, Nanak Dev, is said to have got enlightenment here
    • When Guru Nanak Dev was staying at Sultanpur Lodhi with his sister Bebe Nanki, he would bathe in the Kali Bein. 
    • He is said to have disappeared into the waters one day.
    • The first thing he recited was the “Mool Mantra” of the Sikh religion.

    Source: IE