geographical name
one of the four great branches of the river Gaṅgā (the others are the Bhāgīrathī, Mandākinī, and Bhogavatī). When the Alakānanda meets the Bhāgīrathī in northern Uttara Pradesh, the river becomes known as the Gaṅgā. It again divides in Bengal. In Bengal, one branch of the Gaṅgā, which has now dried up, was called the Alakānanda. This Alakānanda formerly flowed south through Navadvīpa-maṇḍala. The bed of this river lies directly across the Gaṅgā from the present town of Navadvīpa, where it runs east for two miles and then turns south. From this point it runs between Godrumadvīpa and Madhyadvīpa

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