Kali Bein | 30 Jul 2022

Why in News?

Recently, Punjab's Chief Minister fell sick and was admitted to a hospital after drinking a glass of water directly from the Kali Bein rivulet.

What is Kali Bein?

  • About:
    • Its 165 km rivulet starts from Hoshiarpur, runs across four districts, and meets the confluence of the rivers Beas and Sutlej in Kapurthala.
    • On its banks there are around 80 villages and half a dozen small and large towns.
    • Wastewater 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).
      • Dense grass and weeds grew on the water until a cleaning project started.
  • Significance:
    • It has great significance in the Sikh religion and history.
    • The first Guru Nanak Dev, is said to have got enlightenment here.
    • When Guru Nanak Dev was staying at Sultanpur Lodhi, he would bathe in the Kali Bein.
    • He is said to have disappeared into the waters one day, before emerging on the third day.
    • The first thing he recited was the Mool Mantra of the Sikh religion.

Source: IE