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'Theerthodbhava' at Tala Cauvery

October 17 is doubly auspicious this year. The commencement of Dasara or 'Sharannavaratri' and the 'Theerthodbhava' at Tala Cauvery, the source of the holy river Cauvery, coincide the same day. The ten-day Dasara festivities commencing on October 17 concludes on October 26 with the 'Vijaya Dasami' celebration. Though the religious part will be celebrated as usual with special worship of Durga in houses and temples in Mysore and elsewhere, the Karnataka Government has decided to make the celebrations on its part a lack-luster one on account of paucity of rains in several parts of the State.

On the other hand, elaborate arrangements are being made by the Kodagu (Coorg) district administration for the 'Theerthodbhava' on October 17, the 'Tula Sankramana' day. Arrangements include deploying of police men for manning the huge crowds during the three-day 'Jathra' or the fair, sanitation and hygiene, drinking water, electricity, medical facility, improvement of roads, and ban on sale of liquor in the area. Tala Cauvery, the birthplace of the sacred river, is situated on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills in Western Ghat range of Kodagu district. Brahmagiri hills has some old temples and holy water ponds. Located amidst forest, coffee-orange plantations and the 4187-foot Brahmagiri Hills, offering nature's splendour and beauty to the pilgrim, Tala Cauvery turns auspicious for hundreds of people coming from both Kodagu and neighbouring districts on the auspicious Tula Sankramana day to witness the emerging of holy water from thr 'Kundike', the sacred pond.
At the appointed hour, the sacred river rises from a small pond and flows down the slopes. Hundreds of pilgrims jump into the big tank in front of the small pond and take a holy dip. Tala Cauvery is 39 kilometers from Madikeri, the headquarters of the district. This year, the proests have calculated the hour for the emerging of Cauvery on October 17 at 6.58 p.m. Special arrangements are being made for the convenience of the large number of pilgrims at this place. Dasara is also celebrated in Madikeri with a procession of beautiful temple cars.

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