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Normally we have all major rivers in Bharat with feminine names for instance: Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Gomti etc but Brahmaputra seems to be an exception with masculine name.

My questions:

  1. Why a river with masculine name?
  2. Is there any other major river with masculine name?
  • Why not? नद (Nada) is masculine or male while नदि (Nadi) is feminine or female, like Deva and Devi. – The Destroyer Feb 14 at 4:09
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Appearantly, the “Sindhu” is also regarded as a male river:

sindhu m. and f. (prob. fr.1. sidh-,"to go") a river, stream (especially the indu-s, and in this sense said to be the only river regarded as m.See -nada-, column 2) etc. View this entry on the original dictionary page scan.

http://sanskritdictionary.com/?iencoding=iast&q=sindhu&lang=sans&action=Search

Also Viśāla is sometimes mentioned as a river in its masculine form, such as in the Apte’s “practical Sanskrit-English dictionary”:

http://sanskritdictionary.com/?q=viśāla
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/vishala#sanskrit

The Varaha Purana also mentions some rivers that take a masculine form:

Śoṇa (शोण)

http://sanskritdictionary.com/?q=śoṇa
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/shona#purana

Mahāvaktra (महावक्त्र)

http://sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mahāvaktra
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/mahavaktra#purana

Kṣīroda (क्षीरोद)

http://sanskritdictionary.com/?q=kṣīroda
https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/kshiroda#purana

  • Maybe coz these are not well known rivers that's why we are not aware of them. – Just_Do_It Feb 14 at 14:10
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No. In sanskrit नद('Nada') means a rivers whose name is masculine and नदी ('Nadi') means a river with feminine name.Reference : http://sanskritdictionary.com/?iencoding=iast&q=नद&lang=sans&action=Search

There are many rivers with masculin names in India. Please check the list:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_of_India

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