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Bhagamandala

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Bhagamandala is a place of pilgrimage situated in the Coorg district of Karnataka. The area lies on the upstream stretches of the river Kaveri, and it is here that the river is joined by its two tributaries – Sujyoti and Kannike. The place is believed to be sacred owing to its river confluence meaning ‘kudala’ or ‘triveni sangama’, in Kannada and Sanskrit respectively. It is considered auspicious by those on pilgrimage to take a dip in the kudala and perform rituals in honour of their ancestors before moving on to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri.

Also located near the triveni sangama is a popular temple known as Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple that houses the idols of Mahavishnu, Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, and Ganapati. This place is also known as Bhagandeshwara Kshetra, and it is from this that the name Bhagamandala has been derived. The area was occupied by Tipu Sultan during the years of 1785–1790, who renamed Bhagamandala to Afesalabad. However, in 1790, King Dodda Vira Rajendra took Bhagamandala back into the Kodagu kingdom.

Overlooking Bhagamandala is the towering Mt. Thavoor, which provides a spectacular trekking route to those with a flavour for adventure through the Shola forest range.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bhagamandala is between the months of November and April.

Trivia

Bhagamandala witnesses a huge footfall of pilgrims during the festival of Tula Sankramana which falls on October 17th or 18th.

Timing

The place remains open throughout the day.


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