This is a sacred river born in the Mahendra or Malaya mountains and flowing towards the sea. It is perhaps the river of the same name found in the Tinnevelli district of Tamil Nadu.
Even gods used to perform tapas on its banks in the olden days.
Megasthanes (302-288 B. C.) has referred to it. The Girnar Inscription of Aśoka (272-232 B. C.) mentions it.
Its bed used to have pearls in abundance.
This is also the name of the she-elephant in the southern direction (diggaja) carrying the earth.