'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.