Mysuru/Mandya, July 20:- Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy offered special prayers at Talakaveri, the birth placeof river Cauvery at Madikeri in Kodagu District on Friday.
With the Kabini and the Krishna Raja Sagar Dams are full following copious rains in the Cauvery catchment area, Kumaraswamy offered special puja at Talakaveri and paid a visit to Bagundeshwara Temple in Bagamandala.
He offered special puja along with his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy, Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar and Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh. After performing puja he left for Mysuru to offer bagina to Kabini and KRS Reservoirs.
Kumaraswamy who was earlier scheduled to arrive on Friday morning was delayed and reached the city in the afternoon. He reached Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hill by road and offered special prayers to the presiding deity. Later, he left for Kabini Dam in HD Kote in a helicopter to offer Bagina (traditional puja offering).
Late in the afternoon the Chief Minister is scheduled to arrive at KRS Dam where he will be offering Bagina and then head towards Mandya to take part in a convention organised by Mandya District Janata Dal (Secular).
This is the second time Kumaraswamy will be offering ‘Bagina’ to Cauvery River. Eleven years ago, on the same day in 2007 he had offered Bagina at KRS Dam.
Meanwhile, the water level at KRS Reservoir has reached the maximum storage level on Friday, According to data from KRS Dam authority, water level reached the full reservoir level of 124.80 ft and the inflow of water was 47,952 cusecs while the outflow was 36,453 cusecs.
The district administration will close the 50 km stretch of the highway, being upgraded to National Highway 275, from 2 pm to 9 pm today.
According to a communique from the Department of Information and Public Relations, the vehicles from Bengaluru will not be allowed on the highway beyond T B Circle in Maddur. Commuters have to reach Mysuru by passing through Kala Muddana Doddi, Malavalli and Bannur.
Those coming from Mysuru will be diverted at Karighatta junction. They may reach the highway via Arakere, Bannur, Malavalli and Kalamuddana Doddi, the release said.
It is advisable to directly reach Bannur from Mysuru, instead of going via Karighatta and Arakere, as it would be time-consuming. –(KK)