Kaveri river - Origin of its name, Significance of Kaveri in Tamilnadu

Brief description about Kaveri river, origin of name Kaveri, Tributaries of Kaveri river, Usage of Kaveri river, Religious Regions around the bank of river Kaveri and also significance of river Kaveri in Tamilnadu. For more information kindly read the article as below:

Kaveri river-In brief

Kaveri (Cauveri) is one of the largest river of India. Kaveri flows from the western Ghats of Karnataka and after that reaches to state Tamilnadu and meet Bay of Bengal at the end. The Kaveri sink is approximately 27,700 sq miles. Kaveri embrace number of streams like Shimsha, Hemavati, Arkavati,Honnuhole, Lakshmana Tirtha, Kabini, Bhavani River, Lokapavani, Noyyal and Amaravati River. Kaveri births from the western Ghats of Karnataka and after going through 765km it finally ends with Bay of Bengal.

Kaveri is the resource of agriculture system and is a source through which many states of India generate Electricity. With the help of Kaveri, Man is irrigating their fields from centuries. Kaveri is not only the largest but the oldest river of India and is serving the southern part of country with its water from Centuries.

Origin Of name Kaveri

According to many theories related to the origin of river Kaveri, Goddess Kaveri was given as a child by Brahma to Kavera Maharshi. And from there river Kaveri got her name. Another theory says that the name "Kaveri" is the resultant of words concerning Tamil language. One word is "Ka" and another one is "Viri". As per these words, the land wherever Kaveri is going to flow, is going to be fertile.

Branches of river Kaveri

There are five rivers helping river Kaveri to flow to Bay of Bengal and are acting as the tributary of river Kaveri. These rivers are named below:
  • Hemavati River
  • Shimsha
  • Arkavathy River
  • Kabini River
  • Harangi River

  • Usage of Kaveri

    The water of river Kaveri is used for the following purposes:
  • For Irrigation
  • For Domestic Purpose
  • For the generation of hydroelectric power

  • Kaveri mainly get water from the Monsoon rains. The flow of water mainly goes overflow in the month of June or July. Water reservoirs of Tamilnadu like Krishna Raja Sagara Dam and Mettur Dam, Banasura Sagar Dam stores the water of Kaveri and of monsoon season and liberate the water during the dry months. If during this period the water goes overflow then at that time, water reservoir authority divert it to Kaveri so that when it meet Bay of Bengal then disposes water there.

    Religious regions around the bank of Kaveri

    There are many religious sites nearby the banks of river Kaveri and are listed below:
    1. Talakaveri

    2. Bhagamandala
    3. Kushalnagar
    4. Srirangapatna
    5. Talakad
    6. Tirumakudalu Narasipura
    7. Bhavani – Thirunana
    8. Kodumudi
    9. Velur
    10. Mohanur
    11. Musiri
    12. Kulithalai
    13. Tiruchirappalli
    14. Srirangam
    15. Thiruvaiyaru
    16. Thirukattupalli
    17. Swamimalai
    18. Kumbakonam
    19. Mayavaram
    20. Poompuhar

    Kaveri in Tamilnadu

    River Kaveri enters in state Tamilnadu after going through a distance of 30 km from Mekedatu and then go through Hogenakkal in the foothills of Thoppur hills. There it falls down from a height of 22m. A lot of people gather here to take bath and to enjoy the waterfall. Kaveri is like a Goddess for the populace of Tamilnadu. Kaveri serves the state Tamilnadu by providing water to state. The water of Kaveri river is used to produce electricity and to provide water for irrigation and for domestic purpose.


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