from Nanjundeswara temple, the holy centre of pilgrimage, there is
another reputed thirtha kshetra called Talakaveri, which means the
origin of river Cauvery, where another miracle occurred a few years
after the above miraculous event. Here Tippuu, the illustrious son
of Hyderali was the chief human character and Mother Cauvery in her
invisible form directed the play. The whole atmosphere and the
entire landscape are so surcharged with divinity, that any attempt
at discretion or wilful sacrilege meets with due punishment. Virtue
and austerity are rewarded, better say out of proportion. The temple
dedicated to Lord Viswanath and other worshipful Saivate deities
installed there are so powerful and benevolent in showering boons
that devout bhaktas visit round the year. The Tulsankramana festival
celebrated annually lures lakhs of people and speaks the unearthly
glory of this place.
is in the vicinity of the temple lies a big boulder, though
practically inanimate and insentient, it stops every passerby and
narrates the ineffable mahima of Cauvery and wrings his veneration.
It lies a few metres off another big boulder also embodying another
fascinating story. It narrates that Panchapandavas during their
exile stayed here for sometime. This huge boulder due to its size
and shape attracted Bhima most and so he called it Bhima Kallu.
Devotees in their religious frenzy stand near it and salute,
expressing their appreciation of Bhima's superabundant strength and