it took 3 years, multiple wishes before we could see the Dodda Sampige.
The first time, i guess we did not wish hard enough.
the group that i am a member of, believed that a very strong intent by a group of persons [or even an individual] can make things happen.
the excuse was that the area was still in the zone of Veerappan – and public was not allowed in the interest of their own safety.
the next time, it was some other local ‘politics’ that the forest officer did not want to take any decision.
finally, this year – we could make it to the Dodda sampige. till we reached the place, there were elements of uncertainty. from the weather to the recent declaration of the area as a protected tiger reserve.
thanks to the stronger intent and the other forces, we finally made it!
we, here, refers to a group of like-minded, but diverse group of persons with an interest to understand the human mind..
So, what is so special about the Dodda Sampige?
the story goes -
Once, Renuka, the wife of sage jamadagni, saw a gandharva and an apsara play in the river and wanted to do the same with her husband. Jamadagni came to know abotu it and was angry. So, he ordered one of their seven sons to sever the head of their mother. all but the youngest refuse and were turned to ashes by the angry Jamadagni. when bhargaram does as his father expected him to, he is granted three wishes.
using two of those wishes, he brings back his mother and brothers back to life. his third wish was to have his father’s anger recede forever.
repenting has act on his mother, he goes into a deep penance deep in the forest, under a champaka tree – you guessed it – the dodda sampige, which is supposed to be many centuries old.
his mother turns into a river – bhargavi – and flows by the side.
all this is in the B.R. Hills area.
the access to the spot – about 4 kms from the main road, is not easily motorable by normal vehicles and we needed a 4 wheel drive [jeep].
after the recent rains, the thick plants and shrubs made it a good environment for the leeches..
a flight of steps
took us to the banks of bhargavi – with a view of dodda sampige!
here are some more views around the tree..
after some time around the tree and a short visit to a coffee estate on the other side, to see a soliga dwelling, i noticed the ‘chikka sampige’.
not sure if it is called that – but i felt thaty near the big brother, this one on the other side of the river looked very ignored, though imposing in its own way..
some more side stories the next time.. till then .. a panoramic view of the dodda sampige side bank of the bhargavi river