Origin of River Krishna
Many of the rivers and lakes took place their birth near Sahyadri mountains.
The Nativity of the river Krishna also took place near these Sahyadri mountains only. Lord Siva had enlightened the significance of river Krishna to his son Subrahmanya Swami.
The perceptive sage Narada had spread the importance of the river Krishna to many scholars, philosophers, and sages on the Earth.
Asthadasha Puranas were engraved by the sage Veda Vyas in which skaandapuranam is the thirteenth one. The sixth samhitha contains sanathkumara khandam in which the importance of river Krishna has been carved. The story behind the origin river Krishna is in this way.
Source of River Krishna
The most picturesque and excellent looking Western Ghats which contains Sahyadri mountains at its final stage, Lord Vishnu had instructed Lord Brahma to generate the world.
The Lord Brahma said “Ananthaa..! Achyutha..! I attend your words. But the whole world is based on my creation only. So please give rise to something which doesn’t terminate the righteousness and charity in the world. Then Lord Vishnu had initiated river Krishna from left side of his body. Due to this reason river Krishna is said to be “Krishna Krishnangasambhutha Janthunaam Papahaarini.”
Later Lord Brahma had espoused river Krishna as his daughter. From the then river, Krishna had been renowned as Bramhaputrika.
Times to time the sins are being proliferated all over the country due to the consequences of Kali. Seeing this entire Lord Vishnu had incarnated Vasudeva, Pradyumna, Anirudha and Sankarshana avatar to amputate the dishonesties and ordered Lord Brahma to entrust river Krishna to the world.
Then all the deity’s including Lord Vishnu went behind Lord Brahma to place river Krishna. When they were looking for a place to set down river Krishna they found a sage sahyamahaamuni meditating in a shape of a mountain. Then Lord Vishnu exclaimed “oh! Sage, what is the use of such staggering meditation? The very precious river Krishna is with me. This river fulfills the wishes of the people whatever they desire to” listening to this sahyamahaamuni urged Lord Vishnu and replied “O Prabhu! It’s my pleasure to have you here. I’ll worship goddesses Krishna with a lot of attention, so please show gratitude towards me.”
Then goddesses Krishna retorted sahyamahaamuni that “Oh sage! Your meditation has been accomplished. I shall dwell on you and make the world genuine and wholesome”. Later all the gods left the place.
Lord Vishnu had embodied as swethaswatha tree on Sahyadri mountains. River Krishna uses to stay at the secretive part of that tree.
And later Brahma revered Lord Vishnu and swabbed his legs with waters of viraja and got rid of the sin put by Goddess Saraswathi.
Saraswathi Devi’s Curse
Once upon a time lord Brahma with his wife Saraswathi made a decision to do a yaagam named “Dhekshayanesti”. Bhrugu maharshi was the aacharya, and sivakesava were the upadrastas (who presides and directs), and a lot of sages and gurus were hired for this yaagam. But goddess Saraswathi was late to the yaagam then all the philosophers worried as the time is passing on and Brahma married a lady called gayathri and continued the yaagam.
Later Saraswathi got to know about the issue went on in her absence and cursed all the sages, including Brahma and her step wife Gayathri to turn into rivers and tributaries.
Due to the curse of Goddess Saraswathi Lord Vishnu turned into river Krishna, Lord Siva transformed into river Veni; Lord Brahma turned into river Kakudmathi, and remaining sages were transformed into Vishala, Vijaya, Vaishanvi, Naarayani, Tunga, Bhadra, Malaapahaarini, Koushiki and Archiraadi rivers near the sahyaadri mountains. Later all these streams merged into river Krishna.
Gayathri Devi also got annoyed and enraged as she is also the wife of Lord Brahma and has all the equal powers which Saraswathi retain. So Gayathri Devi also cursed Saraswathi Devi to turn into a river. That is only the river Saraswathi.