Friday, December 11, 2009

The wrath of the Kosi

A Hindu legend has it that enamoured by her beauty, a demon proposed marriage to Kosi. The beautiful girl, in the guise of a river, said she would accept his proposal only if the demon could contain her within the Himalayas before the break of dawn. The demon worked furiously to stop the Kosi from flowing. Sensing the demon’s urgency, Kosi sought help from her father, Lord Shiva. Disguised as a rooster, Shiva crowed just before dawn, and the demon was fooled into believing that he had failed to fulfil Kosi’s condition.

The Kosi remained free then and seeks her freedom even today. Overflowing the barrier built around its course as it descends from the mountains, the river is responsible for the current floods in 11 districts of north Bihar. So far, more than a million people have become homeless....more

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