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Old 25-Apr-2011
Will Mandya, Karnataka's sugarland, see Sai Baba reborn?

Bengaluru: Like his birthplace Puttaparthi in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Mandya, 80 km from here, was a faceless place till eminent engineer-statesman Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya conceived building a dam across River Kaveri.

The Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam, where the famous Brindavan Gardens is also located, turned Mandya into a land of sugar and rice, thanks to assured irrigation from the Visvesvarayya canal.

Many of the millions of followers of Satya Sai Baba, who died yesterday at Puttaparthi, believe he will be reborn as "Prema Sai" in Mandya. The KRS reservoir and the Brindavan Gardens, a must see for tourists in Mysore, the city of palaces, are geographically in Mandya district.

Generally it is believed they are in Mysore because of the proximity, about 18km from the Amba Vilas palace.

Tourist attraction

Sir M.V, as Visvesvarayya was popularly known, thought of the dam across Kaveri when he was the chief engineer of the state.

It was completed in 1931. Visvesvarayya was then the dewan of Mysore Kingdom. Besides becoming the land of sugar and rice and housing KRS reservoir, Brindavan Gardens, Mandya boasts of having Asia's first hydro-electric project set up at Shivasamudram in 1905.

Shivasumudram is a popular tourist attraction as the Kaveri cascades down 75 metres in two picturesque waterfalls called Gagana Chukki and Bara Chukki falls.

Srirangapatna, from where Tippu Sultan ruled Mysore, is also in Mandya.

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