as the name suggests is the birth place of river Goddess Cauvery,
one of the most sacred rivers of India, whose holy life is
associated with one of the highest gods, like Brahma, and the
illustrious Rajashri Kavera, and finally Agasthya, with whom she was
united in wedlock. Taking birth in Mercara, it flows Karnataka and
Tamil Nadu, making her entire course auspicious, healthy and wealthy
by irrigating lands to raise bumper crops and sumptuous generation
of hydro electricity to lighting up the lives of crores of people,
lying outside its bounds also. It is the life breath of
agriculturists of three states. Its story of birth is quite
enchanting, and here at its birth place there is a temple dedicated
to Sri Viswanatha.
shrine resembles the shrines of North India, and perhaps so, the
presiding deity is called Viswanatha. In addition to the august
Sivalinga, there are many adorable images, like Dandapani, Dundi
Vigneswara, Kalabhairava, besides Mother Visalakshi, all are wrought
in stone at it. They are majestic and soul-lifting, when viewed with
due devotion and worshipped soulfully. On account of the assemblage
of all these deities here at one place, the .kshetra got honorific
name of Dakshanakasi.
is accessible by bus from Bhagamandala, one of the chief towns of
Mercara in the state of Karnataka.