Talacauvery is a place which is known as the birthplace of the river Cauvery. The place is located close to the Brahmagiri hills, close to Bhagamandala in Kodagu district of Karnataka. One would come across a tank, which has been setup here by the local residents to mark the spot, along with a small shrine which is witness to a large number of footfalls.
The river takes its birth from a spring which feeds the tank and it is considered holy to bathe here on auspicious days. The water from here is said flow underground, to emerge as the river Cauvery a short distance away from the shrine.
Cauvery Changrandi is an important day at the shrine which falls every year sometime in mid-October. Thousands of devotees come to the temple to witness the sudden upsurge of water from the spring at a predetermined moment,the day is also popularly known as Tula Sankaramana and is one of the major festivals in the region.
Origin Of The Shrine
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kaveri Amma. Along with her, one can find a shrine dedicated to Lord Agasthiswara and is believed that he acts as a link between the river, Sage Agastya and Ganesha. As per legends, the Cauvery river was held in the kamandalu or the container for holding the water of Sage Agastya.
Ganesha took the form of a crow and sat on the kamandalu while the sage was meditating. When the sage noticed this, he tried to shoo away the crow, in the process, the bird tipped the container and toppled it, from which the Cauvery began to flow. After which the crow disappeared and took the form of a small boy.
The sage thought that the boy was playing a prank and clenching both his fists, he went to pound the head of the boy who escaped. The boy vanished and Ganesha appeared as himself to Agastya, who was horrified at the realisation that he had tried to knock the head of Ganesha and as a punishment he knocked his own head with his clenched fists.
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First Stop At Bhagamandala
To reach Talacauvery, one must first cross Bhagamandala from Madikeri which is another pilgrimage destination at the foothills of the Brahmagiri hills. Here, the river Cauvery is joined by two of her tributaries, namely the Kannike and Sujyoti, and is considered sacred due to the confluence of the three rivers which is also known as Triveni Sangam.
Close by the Triveni Sangam is the well-known Bhagandeshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped along with Maha Vishnu, Ganapati and Subramanya. The place was under the control of Tipu Sultan from 1785 to 1790 who renamed it as Afesalabad; however, in the year 1790 King Dodda Vira Rajendra took back Bhagamandala into an independent kingdom after signing the 1792 treaty of Srirangapatna.
The drive from Madikeri to Talacauvery is a breathtaking one, as it takes you through dense forests on one side and small villages on the other. Once you reach the summit of the Brahmagiri hills one would be mesmerised by the natural beauty of the place and would get lost in its beauty and also in its charming weather.