A River and a People 2

Balamuri is a tranquil spot where the river Kaveri takes a deep, sweeping turn to the right as she flows out of Kodagu. In our legends, this is the very place where the Kodava people stood in the path of the swiftly flowing river, angry at Agastya's betrayal, to implore her not to leave the land. The force of the waters pushed the pleats of the saris that the women were wearing backwards, which is how they wear them to this day. This is the place where the people were blessed by the goddess to prosper and multiply.