A River and a People 3

In mid-October, as the air and waters of Kodagu turn translucent and the river comes bubbling to the surface in a sacred pond in the western hills, we celebrate Kaveri Sankramana. We believe that on this day, the goddess manifests in every water body in the land— streams, wells and ponds— paying her people a visit to see if they have tended her lands well and to bless the harvest. The fields are dotted with small botth posts looped with special creepers and leaves to ward off field spirits that may steal the ripening crop. Our worship is very simple: a field vegetable like a cucumber or brinjal, sometimes a coconut, signifying the fertility of the land, is decorated with silk and jewels. Small offerings of food cooked with local produce are offered as a reminder of everything we get from a very generous land.