‘None will be allowed to offer free food at the choultry other than the committee'
The famous ‘teertodbhava,' emerging of the sacred or holy water from the tiny pond called ‘Brahmakundike' at Talacauvery, foothills of the mighty Brahmagiri Hills in Kodagu, will occur at 11.43 p.m. on Monday, under the auspicious moment of “Mithuna Lagna”.
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah visited Bhagamandala and Talacauvery temples on Sunday to take stock of the preparations.
Calling upon the officials to facilitate the celebrations in a smooth manner, Mr. Bopaiah said the Bhagamandala and Talacauvery Temple Committee should take utmost care to distribute “prasada” (free food) at the Choultry located near the Talacauvery shrine. No one would be allowed to offer free food at the choultry other than the committee.
The PWD had repaired the Madikeri-Bhagamandala-Talacauvery road a week ahead of the Cauvery jatra that would ensue after the teertodbhava.
A large number of devotees from the State, neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and from Kodagu would witness the annual spectacle.
Deputy Commissioner N.V. Prasad, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, and Senior Assistant Commissioner M.R. Ravi, visited Bhagamandala and Talacauvery on Saturday to oversee the preparations.
The Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) had been told to ensure uninterrupted power supply since the teertodbhava occurred in the middle of the night.
The committee has kept over 10 diesel generators ready to meet emergencies in case of power disruptions. Temporary toilets and clean drinking water facilities would be provided at both Bhagamandala and Talacauvery. The KSRTC will run special buses from Madikeri and other destinations to enable devotees reach Bhagamandala and Talacauvery tomorrow and on jatra days.
Mr. Annigeri said the police would regulate vehicular movement to and from Talacauvery in view of the lack of adequate space for parking at Talacauvery and at Bhagamandala.
Mr. Prasad told the Department of Health officials to equip themselves with medicines, ambulance, and related facilities to attend during the occasion.
Seven sub-committees, including reception, transport, cultural, and publicity, have been formed to look after the event. Cultural programmes would e organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture at Talacauvery during teertodbhava.