Coorg, the Scotland of India, in danger; Landslide sweeps away priests of famed Talacauvery temple

Following heavy rains that still continues in Kerala and Karnataka, Coorg known for its picturesque beauty is in danger where many parts of the district is facing massive landslides. At least five people, including the chief priest of the Talacauvery temple in Kodagu district of Karnataka, are missing after heavy rainfall caused landslides in the Brahmagiri hills adjoining the temple.

The coastal, northern and Malnad areas of the state received heavy rainfall on Thursday. Talacauvery, marked by a small pond and a temple, is said to be the birthplace of River Cauvery. The chief priest Narayana Achar, his wife, elder brother, and two assistant priests are feared to have been swept away or buried under the debris, following the landslides.

Locals points out unscientific digging activities around the temple the reason behind landslides

Sources from Coorg revealed to Indus Scrolls that unscientific digging and construction activities have contributed to landslide and death of 5 members in the family. Talacauveri, once the virgin landscapes that sheltered spiritual seekers have turned a business place since last few years. Authorities had made reservoirs in the Brahmagiri hill region in the name of rainwater harvesting that resulted a major crack in the hill last year.

The priest and family were living here since the last generation who had a tragic end in the landslide that shows the grave ignorance and negligence of the government authorities. Earth-movers once a rare scene in the region has become common where the ongoing ‘developmental’ activities may invite more tragedies in the region, indicates sources from Coorg.

According to district officials, rainfall of 486 mm was reported at Bhagamandala in 24 hours between August 5 and 6, as recorded by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Northern Karnataka districts of Hubli, Dharwad, Belgavi and coastal districts of Udupi, Mangalore, Karwar were also flooded. A red alert continues in several districts.