With its unique wild habitat, Kodagu is home to several endemic species of medicinal plants. Over the years these plants have become the true backbones of a wide range of local health traditions and hundreds of home remedies.
With the introduction of Allopathy in Kodagu, indigenous use of medicinal plants has taken a serious beating over the years. Despite all the affinity for ‘English medicines’, even now for ailments like jaundice and herpes many people in Kodagu prefer herbal medicines because natural products are safe and free from side effects.
MADIKERI: This year ‘Theerthodbhava’ will occur at 6.43pm on October 17 in Talakaveri , according to an official communique.
The Kodagu district administration is putting in place necessary facilities like drinking water, temporary toilet blocks, parking and lighting in Talakaveri and Bhagamandala. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will be providing more buses from all parts of the district to the venue.
Apart from devotees from Kodagu, people from Mandya, Mysuru and Bengaluru, and also from neighbouring Kerala and Tamil Nadu are expected to witness the religious ceremonies.
As per the schedule, following rituals will take place till ‘Theerthodbhava’ – placing of rice in Paththaya on September 27, Aajna muhurtha on October 5, and placing of Akshaya pathra and offering boxes on October 15.
There are conflicting views emanating whether Madikeri Dasara next month should be a low-key affair or should be conducted with the usual pomp and grandeur. Kannada and Culture Minister Jayamala who visited Madikeri last week has added to the confusion by claiming Madikeri Dasara will be a grand affair this year too.
The truth is Kodagu is yet to recover from the floods and landslides which hit the district in the third week of August. Even though only a few places were affected, we as a society should stand behind the flood-affected displaced families in their time of need. Rehabilitation is going to be long drawn process which will need donations from individuals and corporates in addition to the government grants.