The Narmada River is considered the mother and giver of peace. Legend has it that the mere sight of this river is enough to cleanse one’s soul, as against a dip in the Ganga or seven in the Yamuna. The Ganga is believed to visit this river once a year, in the guise of a black cow to cleanse herself of all her collected sins.
The river is one of the most sacred of the five holy rivers of India; the other four sacred rivers of India are Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari and Kaveri. People have this belief that a dip in Narmada River washes away all the sins. There are references of Narmada River in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Indian Puranas. Rewa Khand of Vayu Purana and of Skanda Purana is entirely dedicated to the story of origin and importance of Narmada River.
The river Narmada descended from the sky as by the order of Lord Shiva. The origin is situated at the mountain series of ‘Maikal’in Madhya Pradesh. Believed to have originated from the body of Shiva, the river is also known as Jata Shankari. The worship of Shiva is common in these areas, and each stone or pebble found in the bed of the Narmada is believed to be a Shivalinga. All the places along the banks like Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, and Mahadeo are all named after Shiva. Among the sacred rivers Narmada holds a significant place.
Places like Maheshwar and Omkareshwar are just examples of the large number of religious centers that dot the banks of the Narmada.Due to her everlasting benefits to mankind,nature HOLY NARMADA is signified as MOTHER NARMADA OR NARMADA MAA. She has nourished, alimentated and helped many civilizations to flourish across her banks. Many sages,siddha, yogi and mahapurush take bath in her due to her spiritual significance.it is also believed that many deities even today reside on her banks to get glimpse of Superdivine Spiritual personality taking bath in her.
Therefore mankind should always respect these personalities and narmada maa for their significance and importance to mankind. One should always stay from spitting, washing utensils, grazing cattles etc. should never intend as a picnic spot, drinking,eating non veg etc should be avoided.