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Dear Children,

Do you know that in India, the rivers are worshipped as Goddesses?

The Ganga is considered the holiest river, and is believed to have descended straight from Heaven.

The River Cauvery also spelt as Kaveri, is considered to be the Ganga in the South of India.

Now let me tell you the story of the sacred place.

Beautiful Kaveri is the daughter of the Sage Kaavera.

Kaveri prayed a lot, to be able to achieve the boon, of becoming a river, so that the dry region would become fertile.

As Kaveri turned into a beautiful damsel, Sage Agastya asked Kaveri’s father for her hand in marriage.

The father could not refuse the sage. Hence Kaveri, being a dutiful daughter agreed to marry the sage, but there was a condition attached to the matrimony.

She told her husband that if he left her alone, for any amount of time, she would leave him.

The sage agreed. The wedding took place.

However, once the sage left her alone, for a short while, as he went nearby for a bath.

Kaveri decided to leave her husband, as she had vowed, she would do, if her condition was not fulfilled.

The Sage protested. The local people interfered and took sides, in the argument that arose between husband and wife. They were cursed, that they would become corrupted by sin.

The Mother transformed into a Mighty River and promised that whosoever bathed in her clear cool waters, their sins would be forgiven.

Mother Kaveri also promised to appear once a year.

I bet that you are about to ask me how She does that?

Well, a holy miracle occurs every year. As soon as the sun reaches a particular position, mostly on the 17th of October, the water, in the small tank, where Kaveri took birth, bubbles up.

The locals implore Mother to come, one more time to wash away their sins. And she does appear, as the bubbles.

Oh 2 more things! The force of Mother Kaveri, turning into a mighty river, made the pleats of Her sari, which were in the front, move to the back. Until today, the charming ladies of Coorg wear their sarees with the pleats at the back.

Also the water beneath the bigger tank disappears, to appear much later as a dancing stream. Maybe that happened as Kaveri hid, fleeing from the anger of her husband.

I was told, that even though scientists have dug at the site, to find the hidden waters of Mother Kaveri, under the tank, they have not been able to.

With love,

Dadi –Ma Nani-Ma

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