Talakaveri in Karnataka – The Origin Place of Holy River Kaveri

11:20 am we started our journey via cab from Madikeri Town for Talakaveri (birthplace of cauvery river) following Mangalore ghat road. After 8 km of driving a left turn that goes straight to Talakaveri. 33 km driving and we reach Bhagamandala. Rs. 25/- toll tax paid. 12:40 noon hours after driving 8 more km we reach Talakaveri.

Total distance from Madikeri Town to Talakaveri is approx. 49 km

Total journey hours from Madikeri Town to Talakaveri is approx. 1 hour 20 minutes.

We met Narayan Acharya – The head priest. Upon the request he narrated the history as follows:

There are seven important holy rivers in India – Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri. Talakaveri is the birth place of Kaveri River. From here Kaveri the river starts as a river flowing via Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu finally merging into Bay of Bengal near Poompuhar Town in Tamil Nadu. Kaveri is Agasthya rishi wife. Agasthya rishi meditate here above Brahmagiri Mountain. 360 steps are there to reach the top of Brahmagiri Mountain. It is a good view point. If weather is clear and there is no fog you can watch part of Kerela state and 60 km sea shore.

Thank you – said I and we offer prayers.

More from a display board:

The Ashwatha tree here believe to be the shoot of the original tree under which Agasthya muni meditated.
At the level above are temples of Agastheshwara and Ganpati. Local legends have it that Sage Agasthya had originally installed a linga of sand and offer worship here.

The birth of Agni
Ashwatha peepal is found in most temple premises. It’s sacred perhaps comes from Vedic rituals of tingling the sacrificial fire by friction between two pieces of wood. One of which was Ashwatha ceremony called the birth of Agni. Different part of the trees have different medicinal properties.

Abbey Waterfalls (Madikeri, Karnataka) – Also known as Jessey Waterfall

History of Abbey Waterfalls

The Madikeri stream also called Muttramuttu, falls 21.3 meter between huge boulders to a deep rocky valley to form this picturesque Waterfall called Abbi falls (abbi means waterfalls in Kodavatak). The British called it the Jessey waterfall in memory of Jessey, the daughter of Madikeri’s first chaplain. Every year a few unwary people meet an unfortunate end over the slippery rocks here.

(Source: display board)

Abbey Waterfalls distance is 8 km from Madikeri Town.

We reached there at 1:10 pm. Parking charges for car is 40 rupees.

A Brief History of Sri Omkareshwara Temple in Madikeri, Karnataka

History of Sri Omkareshwara Temple

A legend is associated with this temple, built by Lingarajendra II in A.D. 1820. The king put to death a pious Brahmin who dared to protest against his misdeeds. The spirit of the dead man began to plague the king day and night. On the advice of wise men, the king built this temple and installed in it a Shivalinga procured from Kashi, and thus freed himself from the curse.

The Omkareshwara temple tank houses the common carp (Catla catla) introduced to keep the water free of organice matter and pollution.

Pooja Timings
Morning 6:30 am to 12 am
Evening 5 pm to 8 pm
Mahamangalarthi 12 am & 8 pm

Note: video camera, mobile, socks, camera not allowed inside the temple.