“V” in #AtoZChallenge
Vaigai river gets its name from “Vai” + “kai” in Tamil. The 258KM long river empties into the Palk Strait near Uchipuli, close to the famous Pamban bridge in Rameswaram. There are many salient points to be discussed when on Vaigai river topic. But, I would like to talk on two major points.
First one is about the Chittirai festival where Kallalagar gets into the Vaigai. It is not just the event, but also the color of dress Kallalagar is going to wear and come out of
By now, you would have seen that most of the rivers in south India that I introduced were all having some connection to Lord Shiva. But this
How? During his marriage with Parvati [As Meenakshi avatar] he came to the kingdom of Pandya with just his friend Kundodhara. Seeing that none of the relatives of Shiva is present in the marriage, the King was a bit surprised and also worried. He prepared a huge feast for her daughter married, and now there was no one to enjoy it.
So, now it is Lord Shiva’s turn to make the king satisfied. He told Kundodhara to empty all the food. To everyone surprise, he emptied all and was thirsty. Even after making all the wells and canals in the kingdom go dry after he drank all water, his thirst was not reduced. It was then Shiva asked Kundodara to keep (Vai) his hand (Kai) open, and then let the Ganga from his head pour on to the hands of Kundodara. Thus the name & river Vaigai came into existent.
So, thus this river has been an integral part of people in Pandian’s region, today’s Madurai. Around a few decades before, the Tamilnadu government planned to start construction of Dam across Vaigai near Madurai to help in water problem for Madurai and Dindigul districts.
The Vaigai Dam was built across the Vaigai River near Andipatti, in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. The main purpose of this was to provide water for irrigation for the Madurai and the Dindigul district as well as drinking water to Madurai and Andipatti. This use to be one of the places where many film shootings and songs were shot in those days.
I am not sure if there have been big hue and cry when this was proposed during that time, but I read about the details in a book.
For anyone who is interested to know how the people of this region would have felt when the Dam construction was announced, should read the Kallikattu Ithikasam from Vairamuthu. It is not just about the loss of the village or land but it’s more about the culture and tradition of the people living there that is explained so beautifully by him.
The main feed for Vaigai is coming from the Periyar dam in Kerala. And its always been a fight across share water. Due to this, seldom we had water reaching Madurai, forget about Rameswaram. Unfortunately, Tamilnadu and all 3 neighboring states have locked their horns when it comes to sharing of water.
Yes, with a good policy and decision making I hope they find an alternate soon. It may not be always to fight and succeed in getting water from other states, but it could be some other innovative ideas like river liking projects too.
Whatever, needs immediate attention!
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 W? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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