WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RIVER KRSNA

India is an ancient and enchanting land. A living museum where reality and mythology have merged  over thousands of years.

Rivers are revered and worshipped as Goddesses In India.The River KRSNA or THE DARK ONE is however an exception.

There are numerous spellbinding and fascinating  tales going back to the time of  CREATION   when LORD VISHNU himself is transformed into the RIVER KRSNA (the DARK ONE) .

However I was witness to the birth of THE DARK ONE, a river that runs deep ( upto 75 feet)  and across the breadth of the country for 1300 kms ( 800 miles) , It brings fertility and prosperity to all that it touches starting from the lofty peaks  of the Western Ghats ( the home to Shekru, the Giant Squirell) and merging with the Bay of Bengal where   mangroves ( home to the estuarine crocodiles) emerge.

The path to the mysterious temple where the river is born can be judged by the following picture.

a road forgotten
Incessant rain converts the footpaths to little rivers

It rains in Mahabaleshwar  without a break  during the Monsoons.

Visibility was low as the clouds had  descended over all of Mahabaleshwar.

I could discern only the outline of another  green. hill. The sense  of adventure and mystery was creeping up my spine as I realized they were the outlines of a temple.

Was this the fabled land of  the  river Krsnavena from the Puranas or Kanhapenna from the Jatakas ?

KRSNA DEVI TEMPLE
KRSNA DEVI TEMPLE

A closer look and an ancient temple overgrown with vegetation emerged. I pinched myself as I was transported back in time.

Observe the spire , it has been weathered by elements of  nature and time.

The picture is telling many stories. Are you listening? ( read on)

THE MAIN SPIRE
THE MAIN SPIRE

The Kund or the pond is where the water collects  from the GAUMUKH ( Mouth of the Cow) . The circular SHIVLING ( with flowers) is the fountainhead of the migthy  river KRSNA.

THE KUND
THE KUND

You can actually see the sheets of rain .

The Western Ghat is the catchment area for several rivers. Mahabaleshwar itself being the origin of five of these rivers.

The Hollow Nandi  ( the vehicle of Lord Shiva) at the top centre  of the photograph  , not to be confused  with the cow at bottom centre  ? , is another mystery which we will unfold in the following article.

THE ORIGINS OF THE MIGHT RIVER KRSNA
THE ORIGINS OF THE MIGHT RIVER KRSNA

Behold the wonder of the birth of the RIVER KRSNA.

Goodness Gracious we were at the Origin of the River Krsna. The water flowing through the Sacred Cow and flowing from its mouth was  the River Krsna  being born.

We were informed the water flows under the sanctum sanctorum of the KRSNADEVI temple and emerges as a spout from the mouth of the cow into the KUND.

The temple is thus incredibly built over a channel of water ensuring the Origin of the river is protected for all time to come.

From the KUND  the new born  river plunges down the mountainside. A fence behind the hollow  NANDI ensures you do not follow the path of the river.( see picture above)

GAUMUKH and THE RIVER
GAUMUKH GIVES BIRTH TO THE RIVER KRSNA

As we walked back to the  wonderful HOTEL LE MERIDIEN SPA & RESORTS , many questions puzzled me.

Fables and stories of the demons Mahabal and Atibal, of Lord Brahma and yagnas, of battles, curses and boons,  churn in my head.

The featured picture is of the Shivling inside the KRSNADEVI  temple. I draw your attention ( for now) to  the base of the Shivling.  .

I will try to unravel these mysteries  and tell you many stories as we travel together through this land of wonder and magic.

BE ENCHANTED IN THE FORESTS OF MYTHOLOGY in Mahabaleshwar.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

11 thoughts on “WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RIVER KRSNA”

  1. I was in Jaipur about three years ago but I didn’t get the chance to explore or see anything remotely like these pictures — they are amazing. Wish I could have seen this side of India.

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