“K” in #AtoZChallenge
The name Kaveri comes from the Tamil word – “Kaa” [Crow] and “viri” [Spread]. Interesting
Ok, let us get into some interesting history of how Kaveri was formed.
When the marriage of Shiva & Paarvathi was announced, the whole world reached there. Who will not want to witness this great event in their life, right? But, due to this, the earth was tilted towards the north side. Now Shiva asked the Sage Agathiyar to go to the south to balance the earth.
Everyone was laughing at this since Sage Agathiar had small physic, he is short and fat. All made fun of him saying how a small person can compensate the world.
When Agathiar started traveling towards south, he meets with Ponni river. The river started arguing with the sage egotistically. Finally, Agathiar loses his temper and traps the river in his Kamandalam.
Now the river was no more there which could affect the lives around. So Lord Ganesha takes the form of a crow and pushes the Kamandalam there by releasing the water. Even though initially Agathiar was angry on the crow, he realized his mistake.
And named the river as Kaa+viri, meaning, the water spread due to the crow in this region. Which slowly turned out to be Kaveri.
No, we are not here to research if this history did really happen or not. But the moral you learn from this is what very important – Avoid Ego at any cost.
This is not just a river, but an active, living god for the people. It starts from a place TalaKaveri in Karnataka and merges with the Bay of Bengal in Tamilnadu. There have been days when the water was flowing fully in this river.
But in recent years the water flow has reduced and this also led to the fight between the two states. These are more of politics running far past few decades. If the government in both states have put some effort to optimize the usage of waters and construction of good dams, maybe it would have solved the problem. No one did. Result? There is flood during the
Add to this, the river bed is also spoiled by all those so-called illegal sand mining. These problems are not to be solved by you & me directly. It needs the policymakers to open their eyes and realize that politics are to be kept aside and solutions to be implemented with peoples benefit in mind.
I do not think anyone can give a good excuse for not making this happen. Another marvel in the Kaveri river passage is the Dam constructed around 2000 years back, which still stands strong in Thiruchirapallai. This is a tight slap to current policy makers.
When a King can construct such a dam across the flooding water, with just stones and it can stand till today for us to witness, what is stopping the current governments with so much advanced technology? Yes, and the dam is rightly called Kallanai! or the Grand An(a)icut.
But the key is to identify the right policy and decision makers. How do we give them powers? Simple, use your mind & finger responsibly. Please identify the right people and vote for the right people.
If you want to talk about your rights, do your duty right!!!
If not today, our next generation could get real benefits!
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter L? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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