Talacauvery

(45 km / 1 hr from Madikeri)

Day 2 cont. – 26th December 2011


Talacauvery at the bottom of Brahmagiri Hill
Talacauvery at the bottom of Brahmagiri Hill
Talacauvery is located at the Brahmagiri hill. It is considered to be source of the river Cauvery (also known as Kaveri). There is a small kund (water tank) said to be located where the river originates. Devotees take a dip in this holy water. Many small temples of various deities are also located there.

In doing research before we got there, I read about a lot of stairs at this place but could not recall exactly how many. When I asked Prakash, he kept repeating “No, sir, no steps, only temple” but I was sure about it.

The temple compound is large and clean, with a scenic view of the mountain ranges of Mt. Thavoor and Mt.Koppatti.

I greatly appreciated that everyone was leaving their footwear below the temple stairs wherever they wanted. There was no one to safe guard the shoes. I cannot imagine the same in North India. Not only were there no beggars at any of the temples, they were also not anywhere else that we could see during our travels.

Photography of the kund was not allowed. There were also written instructions to wear proper traditional Indian dresses. While I took out my lens cap and put it over the camera, taking off my jeans was a different matter altogether. Thankfully it was more of a suggestion about the dress, which people (including me) were taking very lightly.

Beautiful view from Talacauvery
Beautiful view from Talacauvery
Devotees were circling around the kund and touching the water to get the blessings. Few of them were taking a dip in it. I could see hope in their eyes.

As we were standing near the kund, we saw the small passage going from the side of temple to a huge flight of stairs. It went right to the top of hill. This is what I had been talking about.

Joohi and I thought of climbing the stairs. It was sunny and we were thirsty but to get the water we would have to go all the way back to temple entrance. It did not seem that there were too many stairs, and we thought there might be few shops at top of the hill. Only if Prakash had given us some hint.

The hot stone stairs were painful to our bare feet and the climb was steep. The need for water increased with each step. We did not count the steps at that time, but later found out that there are more than 300. When we reached the top, we were disappointed to see that it was a small place, all rocks and no water.

The scenery compensated for our misery. One of the best views I have ever seen in my life. We climbed down happily.


Talacauvery Photographs
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Entrance to the temple complex
Entrance to the temple complex
The kund is behind the pillars with bell
The kund is behind the pillars with bell
Temples inside the complex
Temples inside the complex
A flight of stairs
A flight of stairs
Starting to climb the stairs
Starting to climb the stairs
View of mountain range
View of mountain range
Beautiful view of mountains
Beautiful view of mountains
Almost there, to the top of Brahmagiri hill
Almost there, to the top of Brahmagiri hill
At the top of the Brahmagiri hill
At the top of the Brahmagiri hill
View from the top of the Brahmagiri hill
View from the top of the Brahmagiri hill
View of mountain range from the top of the Brahmagiri hill
View of mountain range from the top of the Brahmagiri hill
The temple boundary
The temple boundary
View of Bhagamandala from Brahmagiri hill
View of Bhagamandala from Brahmagiri hill
Lush green surroundings
Lush green surroundings
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