Of festivals, Celebration and Beliefs..

Of festivals, Celebration and Beliefs..

Of festivals, Celebration and Beliefs..

After the hard days of coffee picking people in Coorg indulge themselves in array of village festivals. The Coorgs worship 3 main gods. Aiyappa, the Coorg forest god, Mahadeva, the Siva of the Hindus and Bhagavathi his wife. I hail from a small village called Arameri .During the month of April we celebrate a 3 day long festival worshipping goddesses Bhagavathi; during these festival villagers seek god’s grace to bring happiness, wealth and prosperity to the village and themselves. One of the villagers takes the responsibility to offer free meals during festival. Fun games and coconut shooting competition are the key events during the festival. The festival has a mention in the book Coorg gazette 1898, during the time the festival was a 10 days event, similar festivals are celebrated all across Coorg with grandeur. Approximately6 kms from our village at nearby chambebellur, villagers celebrate one of the famous and peculiar festival called Bode Namme. The villagers here believe that one’s wishes will be granted, if one takes a pledge before the village deity of Chambebellur, Goddess Bhadrakali. When the demands are answered, the devotees disguise themselves in various forms and go on begging for alms from one house to the other to fulfil the vow, no matter how wealthy the devotee is. My uncle who hails from the village gets drenched in mud every year no matter what to please the lord.

The annual “Kunde Habba”, a traditional festival of the tribal people, a sect called “Kurubas “ is one of the most unique festivals in Coorg. The use of expletives marks the festival. Mythology has it that Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Bhadrakali betrayed the tribal people and in revenge, they abuse them to get back their affection.

In fact, Each Village in Coorg celebrates their own festival worshipping their god with great grandeur to seek blessing for good health & prosperity.For a Traveller, these divine celebrations give you an opportunity to witness the ancient rituals that still exist in Modern Coorg and depict the Spirituality of Coorg Warriors . 

 

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