It is sea of people at Bhagamandala
Cauvery theerthodbava occurred at 6:28 am in the auspicious tula lagna at Talacauvery of Kodagu district, on Monday.
Theerthodbava took place one minute prior to the expected time.
Thousands of devotees visited and witnessed the theerthodbava and sought the blessings of Goddess Cauvery. The district administration had taken all the measures to make it a success.
Kodagu DC Richard Vincent D’souza said that the district administration provided all the necessary facilities to the pilgrims.
To cope with the mad rush, special bus services were provided from Virajpet, Gonicoppa, Madikeri and Bhagamandala. Bhagamandala to Talacauvery road had been lit up with lights.
“On the occasion of Tula Sankramana, ‘annasantharpane’ will be held for the devotees for one month by Kodagu Ekikarana Ranga,” said the deputy commissioner.
Security was provided under the leadership of Kodagu SP Rajendraprasad. To ensure safety and security, more than 500 police officials were employed in the area. Around 15 Police Sub Inspectors and 25 Assistant Sub Inspectors were employed along with police officials from various other districts for additional security. As many as 35 CC cameras were installed in the surrounding of the temple.
Former Mandya MP Ramya, MLA Appacchu Ranjan, Sunil Subramanyan, Veena Achaiah, Mandya MLC Appaji Gowda, Srikantegowda and others were present. As many as 18 priests under the leadership of Gopalakrishnachar performed the rituals.
It is believed that every year Goddess Cauvery gives darshan to her devotees in the form of fountainhead which is popularly known as theerthodbava. Theerthodbava occurs on the first day of Tula Masa (month), according to the Hindu calendar, which normally falls in mid-October. On this auspicious day, thousands of devotees come to Talacauvery to witness the rise of fountainhead (theerthodbava), when water gushes from the spring at a predetermined moment.
People take dip in this holy water during theethodbava. The water is collected in bottles and reaches every home in Kodagu. This holy water is called ‘theertha’, and is preserved in all Kodava homes.