Countdown begins for 'Cauvery Teerthodbhava'

Kodagu has geared up for the pious ‘Cauvery Teerthodbhava’, occasion which is scheduled to take place at 12.33 pm (auspicious muhurtham of Dhanur lagna of Tula Sankramana) as per the Hindu almanac) on Tuesday.

River Cauvery will emerge out of the Brahma Kundike in Talacauvery, its birthplace, on this very day. Devotees from across the state have started out to witness this rare occurrence.

The Brahma Kundike has been decorated with golden ornaments. The ‘Bhandara’ offering will be carried from Bhagamandala to Talacauvery as a part of the age-old tradition. The Teertodbhava Pooja will start at 12 noon.

A large number of devotees are expected to gather at Talacauvery as the Teerthodbhava takes place during the day. A turn out of a significant number of devotees from Tamil Nadu and Kerala is expected too.

Devotees who arrived on Monday afternoon, took a dip at 'Triveni Sangama', the convergence of the rivers ‘Cauvery’, ‘Kannike’ and ‘Sujyoti’, paid obeisance to Lord Bhagandeshwara and proceeded towards Talacauvery barefoot.

Parts of Talacauvery and Bhagamandala have been witnessing rains since Monday morning. The rainfall usually happens during the teerthodbhava, said the temple priest.

Talacauvery teertha, the elixir

The sacred water emerging from the Brahma Kundike on the day of teerthodbhava, contains medicinal properties, it is widely believed.

As per tests conducted at the Science and Spirituality Laboratory in USA, the teertha is proved to contain medicinal properties that can cure psychological and physical ailments, said senior scientist Biddanda P Krishna Madappa. The test was conducted in 2012 and scientists from different countries took part in it.


A separate bathing platform has been reserved for devotees who want to take a dip in the river. A separate facility for bathing women devotees has been earmarked, official sources added.

LED screens have been put up at two major venues for devotees witnessing rituals. Arrangements have been made for parking, drinking water and temporary and toilets. Also for devotees making offerings to the souls of their dear departed ancestors (pinda pradana) at Triveni Sangama from 6 am to 6 pm.

Security measures

Speaking to DH, Superintendent of Police P Rajendra Prasad said that CCTV cameras have been installed at 40 points. Over 50 sub-inspectors and assistant sub inspectors, 600 constables and 8 KSRP platoons would be deployed to monitor the law and order situation.

Barricades have been set-up from the entrance of Talacauvery to the bathing point, to control the rush of devotees. KSRTC has facilitated the travel to the venue by allocating 30 extra buses from Madikeri to Talacauvery for the event.

The entry of private vehicles to Talacauvery is restricted from 6 am.

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