Bhagamandala

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Bhagamandala
ಭಾಗಮಂಡಲ
Village
Bhagmandala2.JPG
Coordinates: 12°25′11″N 75°31′19″E / 12.4196500°N 75.5218300°E / 12.4196500; 75.5218300Coordinates: 12°25′11″N 75°31′19″E / 12.4196500°N 75.5218300°E / 12.4196500; 75.5218300
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Kodagu
Languages
 • Official Kannada
 • Other Are Bhashe
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 571 247
Telephone code 08272
Vehicle registration KA-12

Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage place in Kodagu district of South Indian state of Karnataka.

Kaveri in Bhagamandala
Triveni sangama near Bhagmandala temple
View of Mt.Thavoor and Hotel Mayura Kauvery from the winding road above

Location[edit]

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 Sujyoti river. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or triveni sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit respectively). Similarly the other related place is Udhaka mandala(English name: Ooty) which means land beside water body in Kannada and Sanskrit respectively.

Pilgrim center[edit]

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. During Tula Sankramana which falls on October 17 or 18th, pilgrims assemble here in large numbers.

Three river meet[edit]

A short distance from the triveni sangama, there is a famous temple known as Sri Bhagandeshwara temple, where Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, Mahavishnu 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.

History[edit]

During 1785–1790, the area was occupied by Tipu Sultan. 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.

Padi temple[edit]

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.

Aiyangeri temple[edit]

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.

Mount Thavoor[edit]

Bhagamandala temple

Mt.Thavoor is a towering peak overlooking Bhagamandala,and Mt.Koppatti, which may be considered its twin peak is nearby and both these serve as fantastic trekking routes for anyone wishing to savour the mesmerising beauty of the Shola forest range.

Climate[edit]

Bhagamandala experiences a Tropical monsoon climate under the Köppen climate classification.

Climate data for Bhagamandala
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.5
(79.7)
28.1
(82.6)
29.6
(85.3)
29.2
(84.6)
27.9
(82.2)
23.9
(75)
22.4
(72.3)
22.8
(73)
23.9
(75)
25.5
(77.9)
25.6
(78.1)
25.8
(78.4)
25.93
(78.68)
Average low °C (°F) 16.0
(60.8)
17.0
(62.6)
18.5
(65.3)
19.7
(67.5)
20.0
(68)
18.9
(66)
18.6
(65.5)
18.6
(65.5)
18.4
(65.1)
18.6
(65.5)
17.8
(64)
16.4
(61.5)
18.21
(64.78)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 5
(0.2)
5
(0.2)
20
(0.79)
115
(4.53)
232
(9.13)
1,222
(48.11)
2,024
(79.69)
1,222
(48.11)
479
(18.86)
318
(12.52)
101
(3.98)
24
(0.94)
5,767
(227.06)
Source #1: Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Karnataka[1]
Source #2: Climate-Data.org[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DES" (PDF). DES. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "CLIMATE: BHAGAMANDALA". Retrieved 18 February 2016.