Talakaveri is the Birth Place of Kaveri River. Located in the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala, which is one of the 7 sacred rivers of Sapta Sindhus of the Hindu scriptures. Of course, you really don’t see any visible signs there: a spring feeding water into a holy tank in a temple complex there is said to be the origin.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Caveriamma and Lord Agastheeswara. A dip in the tank, especially on holy days, is considered auspicious by Hindus.
A 407-step steep climb from the temple takes you atop the hill where you are supposed to get views of the surrounding mountain ranges – I only got to see the anatomy of clouds. Yes, I was literally standing inside one or many – I could not tell where one ended and another started. Unless it was one big fella! I was sweating at the end despite the cool weather.
The temple also had some instructions for visitors
– Do not allow your children to play in the water
– Do not spit in the water
– Swimming, washing cloth and spitting is totally prohibited
– This is a holy temple not a picnic spot
– You are requested to come in traditional dresses