Nearly a lakh of devotees from across the State and neighbouring States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh thronged Talacauvery, the birth place of River Cauvery in Kodagu, where the annual Cauvery Theerthodbhava occurred at 12.02 pm, one minute behind the scheduled time of 12.01 pm today as Goddess Cauvery sprang up from the Brahmakundike in the form of Holy Water (Theertha) in the auspicious Dhanur Lagna in Tula Rashi.

Bhagamandala, where these devotees took a holy dip at the Triveni Sangam, the confluence of rivers Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyothi before proceeding to Bhagandeshwara temple complex to offer prayers and visited Talacauvery located 8 kilometres away, was fully decked up for the occasion.

Earlier, Devathakka Balladka Appaji family accompanied by Kodagu-based Chettiar family brought ‘Bhandara box’ containing gold and silver jewellery from Bhagamandala with which the idol of the Goddess was decorated.

Interestingly, a posse of 10 priests led by Ananthesha Kedilaya of Dakshina Kannada performed pujas from 11.30 am onwards to the Goddess as the temple priests could not take part for some reasons.

Meanwhile, former Speaker and Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah and President of Sri Bhagandeshwara and Talacauvery Temples Management Committee Manu Muthappa, who visited Bhagamandala and Talacauvery yesterday to oversee the preparations, expressed concern about works relating to construction of temporary toilets that were yet to be completed as many officials were away on account of government holidays.

Anna Santharpane: In a bid to avoid confusion and wastage of food, the Committee has decided that the ‘Anna Santharpane’(free food distribution) to the visiting devotees would be undertaken at Talacauvery choultry only by the Committee, said Muthappa. He also said that the Triveni Sangam area had been de-silted for the holy dip.

Tight security, ban on sale of liquor: As a precautionary measure, about 25 CCTV cameras, in addition to deployment of large number of Police personnel, had been installed in Bhagamandala and Talacauvery, said Madikeri Dy. SP Prasanna V. Raju. Madikeri DC Anurag Tewari, in an order, has banned the sale of liquor in the Bhagamandala Gram Panchayat limits from 3 pm yesterday to 6 am tomorrow at all bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs.

Mysore and Kodagu MP A.H. Vishwanath, Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah, former Minister Suma Vasanth, former ZP President K.T. Chandrakala, Manu Muthappa, District BJP President Suja Kushalappa, DC Anurag Tewari, ZP CEO K.B. Anjanappa, Assistant Commissioner Abhiram, Additional DC Prasanna, SP M.N. Anucheth and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore