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Map of Satara district

Koyna River (कोयन नदी) is a tributary of the Krishna River which originates in Mahabaleshwar, Satara district, western Maharashtra, India.



It rises near Mahabaleshwara, a famous hill station in the Western Ghats. Unlike most of the other rivers in Maharashtra which flow East-West direction, the Koyna river flows in North-South direction. The river meets the Krishna River, which is one of the three largest rivers in southern India by Karad at Pritisangam

Geography and history

Mahabaleshwar is the source of five rivers namely Krishna River, Koyna, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri. The source is at the Panchaganga temple in old Mahabaleshwar. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4other rivers including Koyna come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. The biggest river Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

कुकुद्मती = कोयना

विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[1] ने लेख किया है ...कुकुद्मती = कोयना (AS, p.124) : इस नदी का उद्गम महाबलेश्वर की पहाड़ियों में है. पुराणों के अनुसार कुकुद्मती ब्रह्मा के अंश से संभूत है. कुकुद्मती- क़ृष्णा संगम पर करहाड़ या प्राचीन करहाटक बसा हुआ है.

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