Monday, May 18, 2009


The Thalakaadu curse has established itself in the folklore as a miracle since the early part of 16th
Century because of two strange events visible even to date: (i) Thalakaadu, an historically vibrant
City, is now being submerged under sand dunes several meters deep, and (ii) the Mysore royal family
have faced problem in having a rightful heir to the throne since 1600s. Both these events linked
to an apparent curse by a pious lady have defied logic. Based on the data from diverse sources and
field studies, I have reconstructed the possible chronology of events of this acclaimed miracle. I
argue that the Thalakaadu phenomenon represents an ecological disaster unintentionally wrought
on to a vibrant civilization at this place and in this sense the curse per se is an intelligently inserted
story as an overlay. Using this example I discuss the possible process through which the miracles
or myths of this kind survive in a society.

The Curse was resided as

Talakadu MaralagiMalangi MaduvagiMysore MaharajarigeMakkallilladirali”

According to the Second verse of the Curse Malangi Maduvagi which means that let Malangi have whirlpool, so if the story of the curse is what had happened, then Malangi had already had whirlpool otherwise the lady (Alamelamma) could not have committed suicide. So the second verse of the curse is ruled out.

Now the First verse of the curse Talakadu Maralagi which means that let the city of Thalakaadu be covered in sand domes. Geologists have demonstrated that there is an active but minor fault zone running along the path of the Cauvery river, especially in the area between Mysore and Hoggenekkal falls, spanning Shivana Samudra, BR Hills and Male Madheswara Hills7. Accordingly, owing to a major geological uplift, and northeastern movement of the BR Hills zone, the river has been rapidly shifting its course. At a higher scale, the very path of the Cauvery river is suggested to have changed over several tens of kilometers. At a local scale, the river is claimed to have taken sharp turns at several places. One
such severe turn had occurred exactly along Thalakaadu town. In fact, Thalakaadu in particular is covered by the river in a semicircle. It may therefore not be surprising that during heavy monsoons, the river swells and carries abundant sand to Thalakaadu town. However, on the other side of the river, towards Maalangi, it is bound by a relatively hard, lateritic-walled bank, which is perhaps preventing such deposition of sand. Nevertheless, as this bank is facing the rapidly flowing face of the river, it
is being gradually cut into. Consequently, Maalangi village is being gradually eaten into. The temple that was once on the east side of Maalangi, is now completely dilapidated by the force of the river, and its remnants salvaged by people, can be seen strewn all over the village roads.

Now the last and third verse of the Curse, Mysore Maharajarige Makkallilladirali, which means let the kings of Mysore do not have any rightful heir to the throne. A look at the family tree of the Mysore royal family does suggest that indeed there are problems with the continuation of heritage of the family. Most kings during the early days of this genealogy had more than a dozen queens or wives. Despite this, there have been several generations where owing to the lack of rightful heirs born to the ruling king, the family has adopted a prince from outside. However, a close examination suggests that only 10 out of the 19 generations have had problems of lineage and even among these there are a number of reasons to believe that the curse has hardly had any effect.
1. Just a few years following the acclaimed curse, there was a rightful heir born to the king but died later, suggesting that the curse did not have any effect on the fertility of and birth in the royal family.
2. At least three of the cases where the family lineage has been truncated were because the rightful heir(s) died even before the marriage.
3. Adoptions were almost invariably from within the genetically close links, amounting to consanguineous marriages which perhaps have resulted in typical inbreeding depression and hence probably the problem of lineage.
4. Clearly, the adopted princes have had offspring and occasionally, the second generation had the problem, perhaps owing to enhanced inbreeding depression. Thus the problem of the lack of ‘issues’ to the royal kings seems explainable based on the factors distinct from the effect of the curse.

Now this explain the curse on Mysore Maharaja’s…….

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