One of the prominent rivers of South India, in the Coorg region, is the Kaveri. She is worshipped as a goddess and there is a shrine at a spot that is marked as the birth place of Kaveri and known locally as Talakaveri.
According to one legend, the river is the goddess Vishnumaya, she was asked by Vishnu to become the sage Agastya’s wife and accompany him during his lifetime on earth. She was also to carry the god’s blessing to earth. Vishnumaya was born as Lopamudra and married Agastya. There came a time when the south of the country was being ravaged by drought and Agastya decided to travel there to alleviate the pain of the people. His wife took the form of her liquid self and slipped into his brass water pot. The sage carried her with him and one day as he rested on a hill, the pot was overturned by a crow or the wind or by Ganesha and Vishnumaya as Lopamudra flowed down the land and brought it back to life as the river Kaveri.