The stretch from Mariammanhalli to Varadapura, our first pit-stop seemed like a land of transition, along with the landscape even people’s accent and food habits changed. For the first time in our journey from the North, we come across people who eat ragi, but not as much as those who live further south. Most people we spoke to, said they also eat other millets like Navane (Foxtail millet) and Same (Little millet).
Just after we set from Kanakagiri early in the morning, we met two Kurubas Jamanna and Lingappa carrying their drums as they were waiting for a bus to their village. They perform drums in village festivals but their regular work is Shepherding, most communities earlier had one or other performing art skills.
We set off early this morning from Gumgeri, as we had a long distance to cover ahead. Meanwhile, we took a brief stop in a beautiful temple premise in Hanchinala, a village for breakfast. On the side of the road, beautifully woven tents, pitched in an open field and a group of people, the nomadic Buda Beda Jangamas camp site!
Day 3 of the Padayatra
1 February 2018,
Saranamma Tayi MaTha, Sajjalagudda
Starting from Jawoor while the “Supermoon” was still setting, we walked along the high-walled dam area for a good 5km! On the other side of the road were a couple of villages stirring into motion along with the rising sun. Being close to the dam, few crops were grown here, most significantly Paddy, Cotton, Jowar and Chillies.
Greetings from Jaawoor! We reached here walking 13 Km from Jogundabhavi. On our way, we stopped at Narayanapur, a displaced village by the Basava Sagara Dam across River Krishna.
We spent most of the day at Kori Sangameshwara Gudi, a picturesque shrine by the banks of the river.
Under the shade of one tamarind and two Neem trees, this shrine is another example of harmony. The deity is worshiped by both Hindus and Muslims and the sanctum sanctorum is one of the most unique sights we have seen.
Farmers, Weavers, Craftsman, Cowherds, Shepherds, Agricultural workers are all going to congregate at Kodekal for unity. Hindus, Muslims, Christians all are going to congregate there for unity. “Touchables and Untouchables” are both going to congregate there for unity. Students, Youth, Writers, Intellectuals are all going to congregate there for unity.
The unity of handmaking people, after all, has a long tradition. In Karnataka, during the twelfth century, saint Basava brought the handmaking people together. In the Fifteenth century, Saint Kodekal Basava and Saint Kanaka Dasa again brought them together. Manteswamy, another saint poet, took the call of unity, ‘down to the dark state’, as he called it. In the twentieth century Gandhiji and Ambedkar, through their sacrifice, constructed the unity of the handmaking people all over again. Continue reading Come to Kodekal | A Unity Convention of the Handmaking People | Tue · Jan 30, 2018