The Padma or Podda (Bengali: পদ্মা Pôdda) is a major river in Bangladesh (downstream of Giria)

It is the main distributary of the Ganges, flowing generally southeast for 120 kilometres (75 mi) to its confluence with the Meghna River near the Bay of Bengal

The city of Rajshahi is situated on the banks of the river

However, over 660 square kilometres (256 sq mi) of land, has been lost due to erosion of Padma since 1966