Thousands witness Cauvery Teerthodbhava at Talakaveri

Kodagu, October 17:- Thousands of devotees from across the state and neighbouring states witnessed the Cauvery Teerthodbhava at Talakaveri, the source of river Cauvery in Kodagu district on Tuesday.

As expected a large number of devotees thronged at Talakaveri to witness the Cauvery Teerthodbhava from where river Cauvery emerged out of the Brahma Kundike. The devout Cauvery Teerthodbhava took place at 12:33 pm in the auspicious muhurtham of Dhanur lagna of Tula Sankramana as per the Hindu almanac and thousands witnessed the pious event.

Prior to Teerthodbhava, the Brahma Kundike was decorated with golden ornaments. The Bhandara containing ornaments to decorate the idol of Kaveri and to spruce up the sanctum sanctorum at Talakaveri, was brought from Bhagamandala to Talakaveri on Sunday by the Kodi thakka-mukhyastas.

Most of the devotees who arrived at the place from Monday morning took a dip at Triveni Sangama, the convergence of rivers Kannike, Sujyoti and Cauvery. The devotees also paid obeisance to Lord Bhagandeshwara and proceeded towards Talakaveri.

The devotees throng the place to witness the Teerthodbhava and also to get the sacred water emerging from the Brahma Kundike today which is said to contain medicinal properties. The traditional rituals were performed by the native Kodavas wearing traditional Kodava costume and sang the Kodava rituals songs. The Goddess Cauvery’s idol was decked up with gold ornaments.

The district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the event and the police security in the region was beefed up to avoid any untoward incidents.

To avoid any kind of stampede, barricades were been set-up from the entrance of Talakaveri to the bathing point and two LED screens were put up to facilitate the devotees to witness the rituals. As the entry of private vehicles to Talakaveri was restricted; KSRTC has introduced additional busses for the devotees.

To maintain law and order, the district administration has banned the sale of liquor within 10 km radius of Bhagamandala gram panchayat jurisdiction. Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza, MLA Appachu Ranjan, Sunil Subramanya, Veena Achaiah and others were present.  –(KS, KK)

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