THE SAYANA MAHARSHI EPISODE
Another story connects this holy
spot with some other
sage by name Sayana, who held a conspicuous place among the sages. He was a
Rajarshi. It happened that once there visitied a severe famine in the
Dravidadesa, now called Tamil Nadu. For years it continued making the living impossible
- no water anywhere. All the sources went dry, fields parched; animals died, people perished and the country
reverberated with wails, as a matter of fact.
The heartrending wails of the people moved the Sayana maharshi. At once the
humanist sage commenced severe penance, propitiating Lord Kasi Viswanath. Gratified with his ardour for
Viswasreyas, the Lord came down and on hearing
his earnest petition, granted his request anon. He ordained that Ganga should
flow down perennially and she would be called Cauvery in the down south thenceforth. Gladdened at the
eyeful sight of the gorgeous Nature in its virgin
beauty, blooming up due to good rains, Lord Kasi Viswananth decided to stay
here permanently with his ganas.