Mahendravadi Lake, Vellore
Mahendravadi Lake is a historic lake created during Pallava King Mahendra Varma Pallava in Vellore District of Tamilnadu. However, the catchment area for the historical Pallava king made lake is occupied by small hamlets thus making the region very poor for rain water conservation. The lake region is slowly encroached by people. Moreover, the sand sediments of the lake have not been cleared for many decades. There has been a direct canal from Palar river to Mahendravadi lake, which was natural water flow from Anicut of Palar river. The main source of water through north east monsoon are the rains from October to December. However, the rainfall is far below average of north east monsoon fall.
The lake is fully dependent on Palar water, and the dark side is "Palar river itself is a dry river". The lake has been capable of supplying water resources to seven other lakes below its lake bed villages. After 14 years, the lake filled with overflowing water on 24th Nov 2015. It is nice tourist attraction now. Whenever the lake gets full level of water, three-time crop yield is assured for the farmers in the lake region. This lake and a rock-cut Vishnu temple had been formed during Pallava Mahendra Varma I.
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