Wednesday, 1 January 2014


River Kaveri is one of the sacred rivers in India. It originates at Talakaveri, Kodagu of western ghats in Karnataka state. Its Basin is estimated as 81,155km2. It covers 3 states –Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and a Union Territory-Pondicherry. Rising in southwestern Karnataka state, River Kaveri flows southeast some 475 mi (765 km) to enter Bay of Bengal.


East of Mysore it forms the island of Shivanasamudra, on either side of which are the scenic Shivanasamudra falls that descend about 320ft. Asia’s first hydroelectric plant which was built in 1902 was on the left falls and supplies power to the city Bangalore.

Srirangapatna is another island formed in its way. Jog falls also stand as a beautiful site seeing place on the banks of kaveri.

Tributaries are:-

  1. Hemavati River
  2. Shimsha
  3. Arkavathy
  4. Kabini
  5. Harangi
  6. Bhavani
  7. Noyyal
  8. Amaravathi

Crocodiles stand as special appearance to the people who visit the banks of river Kaveri.

Mythological Significance:-

The most popular one is that a king by the name of Kavera lived in the Brahmagiri hills and prayed to Lord Brahma for a child. He was blessed with a daughter whom he named Kaveri. She was the water manifestation of the human form. The great sage Agastya married her and kept her in his kamandalu or the spouted jug. When a terrible drought trounced the land, Ganesha in the guise of a crow, tipped the kamandalu and out flowed Kaveri. 

A river like Kaveri is not just a stretch of water. It is an active, living and moving force. The river is life-visible and invisible and, depending on its mood and has the power to create or destroy its adjoining banks. There are many different stories behind the origin of River Kaveri.

Another  myth says that in the ancient times the state of the south India was getting worse due to the severe drought in the area, then this sage Agastya felt very sad and prayed to the Lord Brahma to help the mankind to come out of this situation. 

Brahma asked the sage to go to the place where Lord Shiva lives and gather some of the snow water that is unending. This water will help to start a new river. Rishi Agastya traveled to the Mount Kailash, filled his pot with the snow water and went back. He started searching the appropriate place to start the river in the hilly Coorg region. He became tired searching for the right place and handed his pot to a small boy who was playing there. That little boy was actually the Lord Ganesha who selected the place to start the river and slowly dropped the pot and disappeared. 

After some time Agastya called out - Little boy what do you think. He got no answer. Soon he noticed a crow trickled the pot of snow water on to the ground. After some time Lord Ganesha came instead of crow with the smiling face. He said I have done nothing wrong but have helped you in searching the right place to begin the river. Sage Agastya smiled and Ganesha disappeared. This is how Rishi Agastya brought River Kaveri into the Himalayas.

1 comment:

  1. This blog is amazing about the different places of India. The images of this blog are awesome and especially the jog falls is looking awesome. I have listened a lot about these falls from my friends that have recently come from Karnataka. They also told me that these falls give their best view in the month of august so I’m thinking to visit these falls after my but tourfrom boston to niagara falls.