by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Gomati included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).
(KAUŚIKĪ). A celebrated river of Purāṇic fame. This is worshipped as a goddess.
Kauśikī was married to a sage called Ṛcīka. Once Ṛcīka went to devaloka to see Brahmā. Kauśikī unable to bear the separation followed her husband by her power of chastity. On the way Ṛcīka saw her and cursed her and made her into a river. From that day onwards she started running as a river named Kauśikī. See under Kauśikī. (Bāla Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).