Shivanasamudra, among 100 best

The Shivanasamudra waterfalls are now in full flow and the enchanting Gaganachukki and Bharachukki are attracting holiday makers from all over. According to locals, for the past few weeks, visitors have been  flocking Shivanasamudra to see the waterfalls at its best. Shivanasamudra is a small island town where the river Cauvery splits into two streams forming twin waterfalls that have come to be called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. The Shivanasamudra waterfalls is listed among the hundred best water spots in the world.

Located some two km apart, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki cascade down the rocky surface creating clouds of foam and dense mist resulting from the swift descent of the waterfalls. Tourists get a beautiful view of Gaganachukki from the watch tower situated opposite the famous dargah dedicated to the saint Phir Ghaib.

Apart from the water falls, Shivanasamudra is known to be Madhyaranga, the pilgrim place with Ranganathaswamy, Someshwara and Veerabhadra temples belonging to the Hoysala period.
According to the Karnataka Gazetteer, Shivanasamudra, also called Bluff, is the town where the first hydroelectric power station in Asia was set up when the British Resident General Donald Robertson launched the 700 kw hydro electric station which transmitted power to Kolar Gold Fields. Started in the year 1902, the Shivanasamudra power station was accorded the National Heritage Centre status in 2006.

S V Upendra Charya

Yakshagana at the doorstep

Yakshagana is a popular traditional art form of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Kasargod regions. Some of the modern day Yakshagana ballets, in a departure from the traditional Ramayana, Mahabharatha themes, are based on social issues. There are small troupes in the region which present these ballets at individual homes. These are called Chikkamelas. The Somanatheshwara Harike Seva Yakshagana Chikkamela is one such. It completed its 20th year’s Tirugata or series of shows in October.
The Chikkamela presents Yakshagana in homes of interested people for half an hour every day. The owner in turn, offers some money, a coconut and some rice to the manager of the Chikkamela.

Sadananda Hegdekatte

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