Talakaveri Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Agastheeswara swamy
  • Lord Ganesha
  • Parvathi devi

Location :

Talakaveri Agastheswara Temple,
Talakaveri Temple, Talakaveri (village),
Bhagamandala (town),
Kodagu district – 571247,
Karnataka.

Timings :

6.00 am to 6.00 pm (all the days of the week)

Temple History :

Talakaveri is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is located by Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level. A tank or Kundike has been erected on a hillside by Kodavas, at the place that is said to be the origin. It is also marked by a small temple, and the area is frequented by pilgrims mainly it is the worship place of Kodavas. The river originates as a spring feeding this tank, which is considered to be a holy place to bathe on special days. The waters are then said to flow underground to emerge as the Kaveri river some distance away. The temple has been renovated extensively by the state government recently. On Cauvery Changrandi day (the first day of Tula Masa, according to the Hindu calendar, which normally falls in mid of the month October) thousands of pilgrims from neighboring flock to the river’s birthplace to witness the rise of the fountainhead when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. The Cauvery Changrandi is observed across pilgrim towns in Kaveri’s banks.

History: The temple here is dedicated to Goddess Kaveriamma. Other deities worshiped here are Lord Agasthiswara, which denotes the link between Kaveri and Agasthya Mahamuni and Maha Ganapathi. The legend goes that the Kaveri river was held in a Kamandalu by Agastya Mahamuni. Vinayaka (Lord Ganesha) took the form of a crow and perched on the Kamandalu of Agasthya when Agasthya was meditating. When Agastya realized this, he shooed away the crow. But the divine crow tipped the Kamandalu and toppled it. Out poured Kaveri which started flowing. The crow disappeared and in its place stood a small boy. Agasthya Mahamuni thought that the boy was playing some prank and clenching both his fists, went to pound the head of the small boy. But the boy escaped and Agasthya Mahamuni gave chase.Finally, the boy vanished and Lord Ganesha showed himself to Agasthya Mahamuni. Agasthya Mahamuni was aghast at the realization that he had just tried to knock the head of Lord Ganesha himself. As atonement, he knocked his own head with both of his clenched fists.

The link between Kaveri and Lord Ganesha also extends to Srirangam as well, in Lord Ganesha’s role in setting up the Ranganatha temple there. The temple at Tirumakudalu Narasipura is also dedicated to Agasthiwara.

Festivals :

  • Tulasankaramma Festivals,(October every year)
  • Talakaveri Annual Festival (may)
  • Sri Subramanya Shashti (December)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Abhisheka – 7.00 am
  • Mahamangalaharathi – 5.40pm
  • Mahapooja – Rs 200
  • Kalashokta pooja – Rs 100
  • Dwadasha Namarchane – Rs 50
  • Kukumarchana – Rs 25
  • Rudrabhisheka – Rs 50
  • Ksheerabhisheka – Rs 50
  • Dharabhisheka – Rs 40
  • Sahasra Namarchane – Rs 100
  • Bilvapatre Archane – Rs 40
  • Tulasi Archane – Rs 50
  • Fruits and Coconut
  • Karpoora Mangalaharathi – Rs 5
  • Sri satyanarayana Pooja – Rs 100
  • Tulabhara – Rs 250

Nearest Temples Around Talakaveri Temple :

  • Bhagamandala Sri Bhagandeswara Temple – Kodagu district – 8.00 km km
  • Madikeri Omkareswara Temple – Kodagu district – 43.00 km
  • Badagarakeri Maha Mrutyunjaya Temple – Kodagu district – 108.00 km
  • Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple – Dakshin kannad district – 109.00 km
  • Mangaluru Mangaladevi temple – Dakshin kannad district – 135.00 km
  • Mosale Nageshwara and ChennaKesava Temple – Hassan district – 140.00 km
  • Hassan Hasanamba temple – Hassan district – 146.00 km
  • Kateel Durgaparameswari temple – Dakshin kannad district – 160.00 km
  • Koravangala Buchesvarara Temple – Hassan district – 161.00 km
  • Mysore Sri Sweta Varaha Swamy temple – Mysore District – 162.00 km
  • Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Devi Temple – Hassan district – 164.00 km
  • Belur Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 169.00 km
  • shravanabelagola Sri Gomateshwara temple – Hassan district – 175.00 km
  • Halebeedu Hoyasaleswara Swamy temple – Hassan district – 178.00 km
  • Nuggehalli Sadasiva Temple – Hassan district – 180.00 km
  • Mysore Sri Chamundeswari Devi Temple – Mysore District – 181.00 km
  • Haranhalli Sri Lakshmi Narasimha and ChennaKesava Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 184.00 km
  • Kalale Sri Kalale LakshmiKanta Swamy Temple – Mysore District – 184.00 km
  • Nuggehalli Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 184.00 km
  • Haranhalli Sri Someshwara Temple – Hassan district – 184.00 km
  • Talakkad Sri Vaidyanatheswara Swamy Temple – Mysore District – 187.00 km
  • Javagal Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 189.00 km
  • Yadapura Jenukal Siddeshwara Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 192.00 km
  • Arasikere Iswara temple – Hassan district – 193.00 km
  • Somanathapura Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple – Mysore District – 196.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

Madikeri – 46.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kanhangad – 80.00 km
  • Yedamangala – 84.00 km
  • Chavattur – 92.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 116.00 km
  • Mangalore International Airport,Mangalore – 151.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport,Kozhikode – 226.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore – 331.00 km
  • Coimbatore International Airport,Coimbatore – 365.00 km
  • Cochin International Airport – 372.00 km

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