|Elevation||898 m (2,946 ft)|
|• Other||Are Bhashe|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Bhagamandala is situated on the river Kaveri in its upstream stretches. At this place, the Kaveri is joined by two tributaries, the Kannike and the mythical Sujyothi river. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or triveni sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit respectively). Bhagamandala is located 133 km south-east of Mangalore. It has an average elevation of 898 m (2,946 ft).
Pilgrim center - Bhagandeshwara Temple
It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the triveni sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri. A temple of Lord Supremo Shiva in the name of Bhagandeshwara embellishes the place, it is the local belief that Kaveri reverred as Dakshina Ganga comes out of the matted hair locks of Shiva here. During Tula Sankramana which falls on October 17 or 18th, pilgrims assemble here in large numbers.
Three river meet
A short distance from the triveni sangama, there is a famous temple known as Sri Bhagandeshwara temple, where Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya and Ganapati idols are installed. This place is also known as Bhagandeshwara Kshetra, from which the name Bhagamandala is derived. The temples in this area are built in Karavali(West Coast) style.
During 1785–1790, the area was occupied by Tipu Sultan. The temple was burnt and destroyed. He renamed Bhagamandala to Afesalabad. In 1790 King Dodda Vira Rajendra took Bhagamandala back into an independent Kodagu kingdom.
Bhagamandala is located about 33 km from the district headquarters Madikeri and is connected by paved roads from Madikeri, Virajpet and nearby places in Karnataka and Kerala. Government and private buses are available on all of these routes.
A short distance from Bhagamandala is the temple at Padi, which houses the deity Lord Igguthapp and is considered by many Kodavas to be the most sacred shrine in their homeland.
One more temple at Aiyangeri by name "CHINNATHAPPA",which houses the deity Lord Sri Krishna,considered by the people of the village to be the most sacred shrine in their home land. There is a festival once a year in the month of February or March, where the "Golden Flute" will be brought out from the temple.
Mt.Thavoor is a peak overlooking Bhagamandala and Mt.Koppatti, which may be considered its twin peak is nearby and both these serve as trekking routes for the Shola forest range.
|Climate data for Bhagamandala|
|Average high °C (°F)||26.5
|Average low °C (°F)||16.0
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||5
|Source #1: Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Karnataka|
|Source #2: Climate-Data.org|
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