The Beas river originates in the northern part of India. The river was also known as Arjikuja of the Vedas, or Vipasa to the bygone Indians, and the Hyphasis to the former Greeks.The present name “Beas” is has a notion to be a double trading of the older and original name “Vipasha” in Sanskrit. Vipasha, meaning the “one who removed the bondage”.The river springs up in the Himalayas in central Himachal Pradesh and trickles for about 470 km to South. It is one of the five rivers, from which Punjab, meaning ‘five rivers’, got its name. The total length of the river is 470 km (290 miles). The drainage basin of the river is 20,303 sq km large.
The river adds to the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
History says that the river was named after sage Vasistha. Vasistha tried to end his life due to the death of his 100 sons, by leaping into this river all tied. But as soon as the sage fell into the river, all the knots got untied, and he did not die.
It is said that Beas is a misnomer for Vayasa and is named after Veda Vyasa, the official upholder of the river.