Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Mayapott stream and the River Periyar

 Mayapott stream and the magical powers of nature! 
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Mayapott villa being closely located at the seat of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the Kattappana Cardamom village,it would be interesting to read about the origin of River Periyar along with Mayapott stream.

How big is river Periyar?

This river would be originating through Sundaramala and that is Sivagiri peaks, Tamil Nadu. It comprises of 240 kms length and it is having the catchment area of approximnately 5397 sq kms and out of this 5280 is present in Kerala. It would be flowing in north direction and Thekkady would be joining and it is the Periyar tributary. A Mullaperiyar dam has been constructed at Mullayar and Periyar confluence and that would be creating reservoir, lakes and national parks as well. Some of the water would be getting diverted in the east direction and that would be mainly towards Tamil Nadu and that would be done through the help of a tunnel and then it would be getting joined in Vaigai River. It would be flowing in north and west direction and that is mainly through Elappara, Vandiperiyar and Aiyyappankoil and that is formed through Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki.

Now, it would be flowing in north west and then at Vembanad lake that is present at Kochi. The Tamil Nadu area that is belonging to Periyar basin would be drained through Nirar tributary and then it would get diverted in inner-state Parambikulam-Aiyar project. This river would be getting bifurcated into Mangalapuzha and Marthandavarna branches. The former one would be joining Chalakkudy River and then it would be getting empty into Lakshadweep and then at the Munambam where as the latter one would be flowing in south direction and that is mainly through Udhyogamandal and then it would be joining in backwater Cochin system and that is at the varapuzha. It is having a towering height if 2694 m.

 What is the historical significance of  river Periyar?

River Periyar is also has witnessed advent of some historical spiritual leaders. The great Aadi Shankara had his origins at Kalady on the banks of river Periyar. St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who spread Christianity in Indian soil also established the first Church on the banks of this holy river at Malayatoor, which is also the one of the greatest piligrim centres of Asia as far as Christianity is concerned.

 Also during the mid monsoon in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam, the Hindus of all sects offer homage to their departed souls at Aluva Shiva Temple, were the river splits and rejoins  at a mystical point with great vibrancy and magnitude. This is festival day is called the famous Karkidaka Beli or pooja.

 What does Mayapott mean?

Mayapott Villa is also blessed to be at the source and origin of river or contributory river to the Kattappana river that is located just 14 kms from  Thekkady town and the distance is only 25 minutes if you make a leisurely drive through picturesque and serene state high way – Kochi Kumily via Idukki.  The word Mayapott meaning mystical point is thus derived from the Tamil word Maya .. Mystery.

The source or the stream is still a mystery. From nowhere a stream appears underneath the gigantic boulders of around which the Villa is being conceptualized by the very creative and innovative architect Mr. Rajesh Pottamkulam.  The village where Mayapott belongs is called Kadamakuzy; and the elders of the village attribute some sacred powers to this stream.  Mayapott stream flows for about 8 kms and joins the Kattappana river and then to the  Erayattayar reservoir. And according to them the water has extra ordinary qualities and purity. Even during the peak summer days the trickling of the stream is alive. For travelers and guests who frequent Mayapott for their nature retreat, it has been very soothing spiritual experience; during their stay at Mayapott, weather it is for leisure family holidays, honeymoon, spiritual solitude or discovering themselves along with their close friends to re-bond a hibernating relationships or initiating children who are used only to the urban life style amidst modern concrete jungle; everybody has found this place heaven of solace in the lap of nature.

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