In October 2009, Andhra Pradesh moved from drought to flood as the Krishna recorded its highest flood levels in a century, marooning 350 villages and leaving millions homeless. This happened just six years after a prolonged drought from 2001 to 2003 reduced the Krishna to a trickle. It barely reached the ocean during this entire three-year period.
Spiritual & Cultural Significance
One of the twelve Jyotirlingas is located at Srisailam, on the banks of the Krishna. The Amareshwara Swami temple at Amaravati and the Kanaka Durga temple at Vijayawada are other famous temples along the river.
The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is the source of the river Bhima, a tributary of the Krishna.
The poet saint Basava’s samadhi is located at Kudalasangama, where the Malaprabha meets the Krishna. Basava referred to Shiva as Kudalasangama Deva in his poems.
It is from the banks of the Tungabhadra, Krishna’s tributary, that the mighty Vijayanagar empire grew. At its peak, the capital city, Hampi, had a population of over a million, and was the largest city in the world at the time.