Re-consecration of renovated Bhagamandala temples performed
After a gap of over 400 years, the re-consecration (punarprathisthapana) of the four renovated temples at Bhagmandala in Kodagu district was performed on April 9.
Rituals to mark the re-consecration of the four renovated temples had begun on April 2. Renovation of both the temples at Talacauvery, the birth place of river Cauvery and the Bhagandeshwara temple at Bhagamandala were taken up by the Karnataka government-promoted Cauvery Neeravari Nigama.
The renovated temples at Bhagamandala include Sri Bhagandeshwara, Sri Maha Vishnu, Sri Subramanya and Ashtabandha Lepa of Sri Maha Ganapathi temples at the Bhagandeshwara temple complex.
The re-consecration rituals were performed by a team of 84 priests led by Padmanabha Tantri from Neeleshwara in Kerala.
Devotees from Kodagu and outside the district witnessed the rare rituals performed during the historic occasion. The 13-day rituals would conclude on April 14.
The Kodagu district administration had taken steps to ensure smooth conduct of the event.
Slaughter of animals had been banned in and around Bhagamandala from April 2 to 14, and liquor shops were close down for a few days. Cultural programmes were held to mark the occasion.