1 Day To Go - Cauvery Diaries: Of Motorcycles and a Mystic
On Day2 of Cauvery Diaries, everyone is converging at Bhagamandala, near the origin of Cauvery in Karnataka. A group of gusty motorcyclists, bus-loads of volunteers & Sadhguru will reach tonight for a special campfire-lit event! Follow the Live Blog.
Here we are on Day 2 of Cauvery Diaries! With one day left before Sadhguru’s Cauvery Calling journey from Talacauvery to Thiruvarur, we bring you updates from our volunteers at Bhagamandala in Karnataka. They brave the rainy weather and get ready for Sadhguru’s arrival tonight at the campsite. Catch up on their journey in yesterday’s blog.
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6:45pm - Sadhguru arrived at last at the campsite
After leaving the ashram in the morning, he arrived in Mysore around noon. He spent some time with his father, then headed to Madikeri maneuvered through heavy rain in hilly areas. A brief golf game on the way, lent a pause to his pace, so he reached Bhagamandala in time for the sunset. While participants are having dinner, he is getting ready for two back-to-back conversations with Kannada actors Yash and Srinidhi Shetty.
Bhag at Bhagamandala
60 participants on Chamundi Trail Sacred Walks, who will be joining Sadhguru in his travels, arrived at Bhagamandala only to hear the ferocious roar of bagh (tiger) from the depths of the forest! Their reaction below:
Meet Our Motorcyclists - Kumaraguru Kannan
A track-racing engineer, Kumaraguru Kannan is busy as an electrical contractor when he is not riding his brand new Kawasaki Ninja.
“I have been in National Championship bike racing only for the last three years. But I have not ridden much on roads,” he shares modestly. “My first big ride will be with Sadhguru and I still can't believe that I am a part of this. I am looking forward to it!”
He apologetically adds, “I only bought my Ninja 1000 yesterday and I don't have any pictures with that bike yet. But here is one from my track racing,” and here he shared this beauty.
What’s not to love about a 24-year old sportsperson rallying on his prized possession for our beloved Cauvery?
Sadhguru with the Stars
Stay tuned tonight for Sadhguru’s interaction with Superstar actor Yash and actress Srinidhi Shetty!
Superstar Yash Answers Mother Cauvery’s Call
Srinidhi Shetty Calls Out To Everyone To Act Now
Sadhguru Revs Up for Cauvery Calling from Mysuru
6:00pm - Torrential rains as Sadhguru starts from Madikeri to Bhagamandala
5:15pm - At Bhagamandala campsite, volunteers have been waiting patiently for others to arrive.
And soon, a bus arrives!
Rotten and Rich.
The land of the Bhagamandala campsite, amidst lush green forests, is so rich. Rotting jackfruits litter the earthen walkways, making the soil fertile. The bounty of Mother Nature.
Ayush, a Nadi Veera, has been following Sadhguru’s motorcycle through the whole day. Exhausted, he exclaims, “How is Sadhguru going to do this day after day for 15 days?!” This is the condition of his motorcycle after the first ride:
4:10pm - Tee stop. Sadhguru putts on the rolling hills
The medal goes to…a buffalo?
Side story: This young buffalo was among the ones who paid complete attention from beginning to end of the agroforestry video that was played for farmers from the LED truck. Volunteers are still on the Farmers’ Trails of Cauvery Calling, continuing to reach out to many villages across Cauvery basin.
The lord of beginnings arrives on the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, joining the Cauvery Calling Campaign on his vehicle. Isha Samskriti students showcase an adorable blend of devotion and talent and shower him with birthday praise and Cauvery Calling placards.
“It’s slushy, it's muddy, it's drizzling, but we are always up for a game. Waiting at the Bhagamandala campsite.”
Volunteers while away the time as motorcyclists race towards them from different parts of the country.
What is the connect between riding across towns and saving rivers? Sadhguru explains.
Cool and calm - here they come!
The riders of Mumbai are ready to make a splash for Cauvery. From city to campsite, they will soon join Sadhguru at Bhagamandala.
2:45pm - Oh no! Have lost the way. Stopping to ask for directions.
2:10pm - Heavy rains pour down as Sadhguru rides on.
Sadhguru's location at 2:10 pm
1:45pm - Sadhguru spotted! Off Mysore-Madikeri Road.
With 3 days left till Sadhguru’s event in Mysore, the volunteers there are on fire to create maximum publicity.
Nadi Veeras are not leaving any corner of Mysore unturned – Rahul at Mysore's bus stop.
Rain or shine, the volunteers are unstoppable. They set up camp at Mysore Event Venue - Exhibition Grounds. Their only thought - How to get everyone in Mysore to be a part of the event? If you have any ideas to make this happen, jump in and join them.
The humble auto rickshaws of Mysore will carry the message of Cauvery Calling and paint the town blue.
A tiny spark has become a raging inferno as we cross 3 million trees and counting for Cauvery.
Yesterday, September 1, saw the highest number of trees sponsored on a single day, but let’s beat this record!
From Mysuru to Mount Kailash, donations from all over have been gushing in along with life altering experiences in a race to save Cauvery Maa.
“Seeing us donating, both my children came with their piggy banks to donate, and they are calculating how many trees they will be donating for,” says Vikas Gupta, Kailash Yatra 2019 S6 batch. Children’s understanding is often keener than adults!
Kudos to all!
12:45pm - Sadhguru stops on the side of a road in the outskirts of Mysore, in the midst of rain, to pen a message for ashramites and volunteers
Cauvery Calling is a 12 year commitment for me and all of you. If we fulfill this one aspect of making Cauvery flow once again, our Karma for the world is done. Be with me to know the commitment of dispassion.
Sadhguru shares a video of his father's "sweet" Ganesh Chaturthi tradition.
On this day, #Ganesha got a new head & became super brilliant. He became Vigneshwara, the Unstoppable. Let our brains work to #FREEINDIAOfWaterCrisis. We are starting #CauveryCalling today. Let our intelligence work for our wellbeing. Let us make it happen. -Sg #GaneshChaturthi— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) September 2, 2019
Sadhguru From Mysore Airport, now, enroute Madikeri
Sadhguru arrived in Mysore and got onto his motorcycle as soon as he left the airport doors.
Mysore airport security had just enough time to get a selfie with Sadhguru before he jetted off.
Not one to be left behind, his daughter Radhe scrambled pillion onto a volunteer’s bike, sari and all - her Ganesh Chaturthi regalia. A sight to behold!
Later, she rode with her father through the streets of his hometown.
Sadhguru with his family in Mysore.
10:00am - On your mark, get set, go!
Bangalore motorcyclists have set off for Madikeri. Many riders share that they are embarking on the most significant journey of their lives. Here we are going LIVE... don't miss the excitement of the roar of these fantastic machines!
9:00am - A wrong step forward and you have muddy feet... On the Cauvery trail at Bhagamandala
Bus 1 reaches the home of wilderness, the campsite for tonight’s offbeat event with Sadhguru. As we near the origin of Cauvery, rain can't help but pour down in greeting to touch the leaves and shoots that decorate the mountain.
Sadhguru’s Connect - Bhagamandala
“I have rafted down Cauvery from Bhagamandala to the Krishna Raja Sagara dam and the Brindavan Gardens in Karnataka. That is over 160 kilometers. It took me around thirteen days on four truck tubes and twelve bamboos. I know this terrain very well. One thing that really stands out is that, in this entire 160 kilometers, it is only in the first 30 to 35 kilometers that there is any forest vegetation. After that there is just agriculture. How will a river flow with this? We don’t have ice-fed rivers in southern India. These are forest-fed rivers. Unless there is forest, there will be no river after some time. Our idea of a catchment area is that 35-kilometer valley. No, catchment should be all along the way.”
8:30am - Update from Bus 1
A journey of a few hours took a full day... But we are sure the bus of Cauvery Calling will reach the destination and our farmers will plant 242 crore trees. When a mystic is our driver, how can we ever be lost on the way?