The moon's daughter, after being pursued by the ascetics through several parts of the universe, finally came to flow on earth as warm milk [uṣṇa paya]. This was the Payoṣṇī River.
The violent, dangerous aspect of rivers is an important component of their image in the Deccan. It may also be an important component of their close association with the forest. Of the two faces of the forest, it is quite definitely the cow, and not the tiger, with which the rivers are identified. However, it may not be the cow's gentleness alone that forms the basis of the identification. Rather, the connection between the forest and the rivers seems to rest on a perception that the natural world, though fertile and abundant and thus nourishing and vivifying to humans, cannot be fully harnessed or cultivated by them. It is thus also mysterious and at least potentially dangerous.