The coastal regions of India are surrounded by seas while the India territory is blessed with large and navigable rivers.
This has tremendous influence on India and her people. The rivers are source of vitality for India and her people.
The pre-historic Harappa civilization dawned on the bank of the river Indus. Similarly, the Aryan civilization grew up and developed on the banks of the five rivers of Punjab and in the Gangetic plains.
The influence of river is noticeable in the political, economic, social and cultural aspect of the Indian life.
In those days of primitive communication river helped to transport men and commodities from one place to another Rivers also sometimes served as natural protection as was in the case of Pataliputra.