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The Kaveri in Mythology
The Kaveri in Kodagu
Meet the Kodavas
The first Tributary
The Kaveri Enters Mysore
An Ancient Dam
Visweswaraya's Dream
A Dream Fulfilled
Mysore's Guardian Angel
In Tipu's Domain
The Great Temples
The Shifting Sands
Sand Covered Temples
Shivasamudram
The Goat's Leap
The Kaveri in Tamil Nadu
The Last Island
An Outpouring of Music
The Temple Trail
Journey's End

 

The Kaveri in Mythology


Several legends abound about the origin of the Kaveri.
According to the Skanda Purana the river Kaveri flowed in Kailasa, the abode of Shiva. Shiva asked her to enter Agastya's kamandalu so that the sage could have a perpetual source of water which he could carry wherever he went. Later, Sage Agastya crossed the Vindhyas and travelled down south. At that time the south was reeling under a severe drought as an asura had blocked the rain-bearing clouds. At the request of Indra, Ganesha took wing as a crow and knocked down Agastya's kamandalu, thus releasing the waters of the Kaveri.


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