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“The literal meaning of Mahanadi River is large size river. The originating place of Mahanadi River, which is called as holy Ganga in Chhatisgarh and Orissa is located near the Ashram of Maharshi Shrangi. It is said that once all the sages of this area came at this place for taking holy bath in Mahakumbh. The Maharshi was under meditation and penance at that time. The sages waited for several days to draw the attention of the Maharshi but the Maharshi’s meditation was not disrupted. Thereafter, the sages went for the holy bath. While returning after the bath, all the sages brought some holy water with them. Finding that Maharshi Shrangi was still in the meditation, they filled the Maharshi’s kamandal (vessel) with water, and returned to their native places. After some time, when the meditation of the Maharshi Shrangi was disrupted, the water of the kamandal fell down on the ground with the stroke of his hand. This water began to flow towards east and was converted into a stream. This stream was called as Mahanadi which is said to fulfill the desires of millions of people.” (Source)
- Shrangi may be s’RngI (Could it be RSyas’Rnga? – Rama‘s brother-n-law, sister s’AntA’s husband – to be verified. Rishyashringa is connected with Shringeri.)
- Many rivers are said to be born from the water spilt by Rishi Kamandalas (Special water pots). I saw the Bharagu kamandal – bhRgu (Bhrgu (Bhrigu, Bhrugu)) kamandal in amarkantak.
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