The curse of Talakadu!! - cast by a pious queen

The curse of Talakadu. Dimdima
A curse, also known as malediction or anathema  is actually any expressed wish in distress that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity: one or more persons, a place, or an object.  Commonly, "curse" may refer to such a wish or pronouncement made effective by a supernatural or spiritual power. The spiritual power may be  a god or gods, a spirit, or a natural force, Curse, also referred to as jinx may be a  spell by magic or witchcraft. In the modern society,  a curse is cast by a mentally  affected person on somebody who cheated or betrayed him or her, In India the tradition has it  a woman's curse will have devastating effect on the conspirator or culprit and his posterity. So, a curse seems to have some causative  effect ultimately. To neutralize  the devastating effects of a curse is sometimes called "removal" or "breaking", and is often believed to require elaborate rituals or prayers by the so called tantrik.

Sand and curse of Talakadu. Business Line

Talakad, under the suzerainty of different rulers  had  seven townships, Among them Malingi is of special interest to us, Once, the resident representative of  the Vijayanagara, ruler at Srirangapatna, Tirumala Raja, was on a visit to Talakad with his wife Alameluamma  for treatment of his incurable death-threatening ailment. Waiting for the opportunity to grab the land and lay his hands on the coveted huge collection of jewels of queen Alameluamma, Raja Wadiyar who was under the Vijayanagara rule sent his army and plundered the town of Srirangapatna. Unprepared, Queen Alamelamma took it by surprise. Force was used to get the jewels from her. The other version has it that being an ardent devotee of goddess Ranganayaki Thayyar, Alameluamma had the custody of the jewels and wanted the temple management to take care of them, Anyway, the crux of the matter is the greedy ruler of Mysore, having no scruples, took away the costly jewels from a woman who was in distress with a dying husband. Disgusted and enraged, over the loss of her husband, land and betrayal of trust by the Raja of Mysore,  Alameluamma threw the ornaments into the Cauvery and cast a curse on the Raja of Mysore for his dastardly act: “Talakadu maralagali, Malangi madulagali , Mysooru doregalige makkaliladehogali (in local parlance: “Let Talakadu be filled with sands, let Malangi turn into a whirlpool and let the Mysore kings be without children for eternity”). After shouting the curse, she jumped into the river and killed herself with a broken heart. Perhaps, this might give you some idea about the presence of  sand dunes in the middle of nowhere at Talakad.

Upon hearing the sad demise of Alameluamma, Raja Wadiyar , having realized his greed and folly, had a statue of queen Alameluamma installed on the palace premises and the tradition of doing prayer to the statue continues even today. The deity is revered by the royal family. It is simply an act of atonement for the injustice done to the former Vijayanagara ruler and his wife. Alameluamma's ominous curse of heir less Mysore dynasty has some kind of relevance  as confirmed by some strange events taken place  since the 16th century and its effects on the Wodeyar family that betrayed queen  Alameluamma and her husband, the ruler of this place. 

As for the royal family of Mysore, the Wadiyars  are bestowed with male children only in alternate generations. The tradition in the Mysore royal family  has it that if a king  has no legal heir, his younger brothers' son would  become  the next legal  heir  to the throne with all the trappings, etc  that go with it. For example, when Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, one of the popular Wadiyar kings, had no children, he chose his nephew Jayachamaraja as his successor. Jayachamaraja Wdiyar held positions of excellence during his time  and in the mid 1960s he was the Governor of Tamil  Nadu state. His son  Srikantadatta, who died  a few years ago had no legal heir.  About the Wadiyar family tree, six rulers since the 17th century have been adopted sons (nephews). The Wadiyar family members  too  acknowledge it as fact,  according to some historians. Kantharaje Urs, son of Srikantadatta's eldest sister Rani Gayathri Devi became the next legal heir. 


The state governments experts in  Archaeology, using the  satellite imageries of this area conclude because of the construction of a dam in the 16th century across the river Cauvery  by one Madhava Mantri, the east flowing river  changed its course by a few kilo meters in the past centuries, exposing the sand bed to wind action.  The accumulation of sand  over a vast area to a thickess of 15 meters is quite mind boggling. So, this explanation needs further scrutiny   As for the public and local folklore, the vast sandy bed in this area is the result of the wreath of  Queen Alameluamma on Talakad that continues to hold us in thrall.