Sangama at Mekedatu in Bangalore

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Mekedatu meaning ‘goat's leap’ in Kannada, is a place along River Kaveri in Kanakapura Taluk about 100 kilometres from Bangalore. The place where River Arkavati meets Kaveri is called Sangama or the confluence. About 3.5 kilometers downstream, the river, which is more than 150 meters wide at the confluence, flows through the hardly 10-meter-wide gorge at Mekedatu. This is such a narrow spot that one would imagine that even a goat could leap across it.

The place gets its name from an incident that is believed to have taken place a long time ago. Legend goes that a goat being chased by a tiger saved its life by leaping from one side of the gorge and crossing over the river, leaving the tiger behind. Another version of this myth says that the goat (meke) that is believed to have leapt across the river was Lord Shiva in disguise.

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