Commercial success at the cost of destroying a river – Tiruppur’s Garment Business Case Story

 

Noyyal River - Tirupur

A Business model that damages Ecology

Tiruppur’s cloth range are not environmentally sustainable.

 

South India’s Tiruppur City is an example of the environmental damages, non-sustainable cloth and garment manufacturing processes can cause to a City’s precious rivers and water resources. This is a case in point of how business and economic progress took place at a huge cost of causing severe environmental degradation.

Noyyal River sacrificed for having the textile industry flourish!!

Tiruppur is a famous centre for it’s cotton knitwear , particularly cotton t-shirts. During the 1990’s, Tiruppur’s economy in terms of employment and export earnings thrived due to the cotton knitwear industry. The City’s garment businesses have got many global fashion retailers as customers. However, the process of manufacturing these garments involved bleaching and chemical dyeing which polluted the Tiruppur City’s Noyyal river which was once beautiful.

Contamination and pollution of Noyyal River -Tiruppur

 

Farmers lose out with their lands getting degraded

Farmers occupation hit at Tiruppur - India

 

Subsequently over the years, the Noyyal river became a toxic sewer and with the river’s chemically contaminated waters creeping into the groundwater table , a major natural source of clean water was destroyed and the water became unfit to be used for most of the agricultural purposes. All farmers in and around the district that depended on the waters of the Noyyal river for irrigation were negatively impacted.

Noyyal River - Tiruppur,India

 

 Productive Farming prevalent before the entities began their contamination

Before the dyeing and bleaching era existed prior to the 1990’s the Noyyal river which was clean supported the farming community as farmers grew a variety of crops – rice, sugarcane, groundnut, sesame, turmeric, beetroot, green chilli, tomato, cotton, tobacco, banana etc. Now the dirty, toxic contaminated waters of Noyyal river have destroyed farming occupations as the only crops that can be grown using these now toxic waters are coconuts and maize predominately used in dairy and livestock farming.

Unhealthy yield of coconut - Tiruppur, India

 

Even the coconuts that are grown now are of deteriorated quality looking small and unhealthy.

Farmer earnings now hit rock bottom!!

Villages that are even 70km downstream from Tiruppur are negatively impacted due to contamination of the Noyyal river with farmers making paltry earnings, as their agricultural lands and occupations are ruined, all due to these harmful effluents released by Tiruppur’s dye and bleaching entities!!

Tiruppur’s residents lose a precious source of water

Weeds, Distroyed Noyyal River, Tiruppur, India

Besides the farmers, resident people too are negatively affected with their local water resource contaminated and wasted by Tiruppur’s environmentally destructive textile manufacturing practices.

Let’s remember the water footprint of making one cotton t-shirt

Every cotton t-shirt has a water footprint with 1000’s of litres of water required to make it, beginning from growing the cotton crop, then processing of the cloth and wastage of water due to pollution involved in this process as well. Each cloth wastes, a natural resource that these days is critically scant.

 It’s possible to apply natural dyes for clothes – Sustainable Alternative

Charaka naturally dyed handloom clothes

 

This need not have been the story if Tiruppur did manufacture garments in an environmentally friendly, ethical way. For instance, Charaka, a women’s co-operative located at Bhimanakone Village in the Western Ghats region of Southern India, manufactures handloom garments using natural dyes.

Natural Dyes extracted from plant varieties

These natural dyes are extracted from crops and plants available in the forests of Western Ghats; like arecanut, pomegranate, jackwood, madder root for rich colours and hues of brown, red and yellow.

 Handmade clothes made with care employing rural locals

Designs made on a naturally dyed handloom cloth using Block Printing technique

Charaka was successful in providing employment and livelihoods to women of the region. Such garments are manufactured with care for the environment and done using labour employing their hand skills in weaving naturally dyed garments using handlooms.

Fabrics are woven using handloom employing labour

Fabrics are woven using handloom employing labour

 

Additional value is added to the garments with designs made on them with elegant hand embroidery and block printing, where wood blocks are used to make designs on the garments.

Charaka's elegant hand embroidery on their naturally dyed handloom clothes

Ultimate in Sustainability

Such a business model is sustainable, it employs local resources from raw materials to labour, gives jobs to rural people and there is a special value because these products are handmade, eco-friendly.

 We can make sustainable choices in making purchases!!

A takeaway for us in all this, is that when we buy clothes, we choose clothes that are ethically made, clothes that are made without polluting rivers without destroying livelihoods of farmers. This is sustainable fashion.

Charaka range of eco sustainable dresses for men

 

There is more value for a cloth that’s made with care, using hand skills of local rural people, than mass produced soulless machine made mass produced clothes.

Charaka range of eco sustainable dresses for women.

India we all know used to be popular with Khadi cloth business as well, it supported the village economy providing jobs to people of rural India. We have the choice of making conscious sustainable choices, valuing environment, labour and creating a positive change by buying clothes that helps in giving a living to local people, providing them respect and dignity for their valuable work.

All photos related to the Noyyal River taken from the following wire article
https://thewire.in/environment/australian-open-tiruppur-dyeing-bleaching-groundwater-contamination-agriculture-noyyal-river
Photo credits to Neetha Deshpande

 

ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

2 ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 2018, ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 10 ರಿಂದ ಸಂಜೆ 6 ವರೆಗೆ

ಸೆನೇಟ್ ಭವನ, ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಆವರಣ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

ಗೆಳೆಯರೇ,

ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಮಾಜವು ಛಿದ್ರವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಚರಿತ್ರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪರೂಪಕ್ಕೆ ನೋಡಿದಂಥ ಅಪಾಯವು ನಮ್ಮೆದುರಿಗಿದೆ. ಮನುಷ್ಯಪರ ಧರ್ಮಗಳು, ಜೀವನ ಕ್ರಮಗಳು, ಸಹಬಾಳ್ವೆಯ ರೀತಿಗಳು ನಾಶವಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಯಂತ್ರ ನಾಗರೀಕತೆ, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಏರುಪೇರುಗಳು, ಗ್ರಾಮನಾಶ, ಕಸುಬುನಾಶ ಅವ್ಯಾಹತವಾಗಿ ನಡೆದಿವೆ. ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟುಗಳ ನಿಜ ಸ್ವರೂಪ ಬೇರೆಯೇ ಆದರೂ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳನ್ನಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಧರ್ಮಗಳ ಮಾನವೀಯ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಬದಿಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ಆಕ್ರಾಮಕ ವಿಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕತೆಯೆಂದು ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಅಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆ, ದ್ವೇಷ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಸಂವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ಬುಡಮೇಲು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವು ತನ್ನ ಅಂತಃಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಒಡನೆ ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಈಗ ನಮ್ಮೆದುರಿಗೆ ಇರುವ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯೆಂದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆಗೆ ತೊಡಗಬೇಕಾದ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ. ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಸೇರಿ ಹೊಸ ದಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 2 ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 2018ರ ಭಾನುವಾರದಂದು ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಸೆನೇಟ್ ಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ (ಅದು ಈಗ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿದೆ) ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲು ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘಗಳು ಜೊತೆಗೂಡುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬರಹಗಾರರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಅನೇಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳ ವಿವಿಧ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಬರಹಗಾರರು ಕೂಡ ದನಿಗೂಡಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಗೆಯ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಉಗ್ರವಾದವನ್ನು ಶಮನಗೊಳಿಸುವುದು ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟುವುದು, ಇವೇ ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಎರಡು ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಆಶಯಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಮನುಷ್ಯರೊಳಗೆ ತುಡಿಯುವ ಅಂತಃಕರಣವನ್ನು ಸಂಭ್ರಮಿಸುವುದೂ ಕೂಡ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವು ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಹೊಸ ತಿರುವನ್ನು ಕೊಡಲಿದೆಯೆಂದು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ನಾವು ಲೇಖಕರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರು, ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಯ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊರಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿದ್ಧರಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನಾವು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರೂ ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿತ್ತಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣವು ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ದ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಭಾಷಾತಜ್ಞರಾದ ಪ್ರೊ. ಗಣೇಶ್ ದೇವಿಯವರ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿದ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಬರಹಗಾರರ, ಕಲಾವಿದರ, ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವವಾದಿ, ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಪರವಾದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಬರಹಗಾರರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ವೇದಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಭಾರತದ ಅನೇಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣವು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕ್ರಿಯಾಶೀಲವಾಗಿದೆ ಇದರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಶಾಖೆಯು ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷ ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾರಿತ್ರಿಕವಾದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿತ್ತು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಹತ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಲಿಯಾದ ಪ್ರೊ.ಎಂ.ಎಂ. ಕಲುಬುರ್ಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ಗೌರಿ ಲಂಕೇಶರ ಪರವಾದ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಚಿಂತಕರು, ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿದ ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಅವರ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಯಾಶೀಲವಾಗಿರುವ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕೈಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ತಯಾರಿಸುವ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿಗಳ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಜನಾಂದೋಲನವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಲಿದೆ. ಯಂತ್ರನಾಗರಿಕತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಅದರ ಫಲವಾಗಿ ಹುಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಗೆಯ ಉಗ್ರವಾದವನ್ನು ಅದು ವಿರೋಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೂತನವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿತವಾದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯವು ತನ್ನ ಸಹಯೋಗವನ್ನು ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಗಣೇಶ್ ದೇವಿ, ರಹಮತ್ ತರೀಕೆರೆ, ಜಿ. ಎನ್ ನಾಗರಾಜ್, ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ, ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಚೆನ್ನಿ, ಹಾಗೂ ಇತರ ಹೆಸರಾಂತ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳು ಭಾರತದಾದ್ಯಂತದಿಂದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಂದು ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪ್ರಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಇಂತಿ

ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಚೆನ್ನಿ                                                                                             ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ

 ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ                                                                                      ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಸ್ವಾಗತ ಸಮಿತಿ

ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು: ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಸ್. ಜಾಫೆಟ್, ಕುಲಪತಿಗಳು, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ

ಸದಸ್ಯರು: ಡಿ. ಕೆ. ಚೌಟ, ಡಾ. ವಿಜಯಮ್ಮ, ಎಂ. ಎಸ್, ಸತ್ಯು, ಡಾ. ಅಜಯ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್, ಎಂ. ಡಿ. ಒಕ್ಕುಂದ

ಕೆ. ವಿ. ನಾಗರಾಜ್ ರ್ಮೂತಿ, ಶಶಿಧರ್ ಅಡಪ, ಡಾ. ಷಾಕಿರಾ ಖಾನಂ, ಪ್ರೊ., ಜಿ. ಬಿ.ಶಿವರಾಜ್, ಎಂ. ಸಿ. ನರೇಂದ್ರ

ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ

2 ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 2018, ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 10 ರಿಂದ ಸಂಜೆ 6 ವರೆಗೆ

ಸೆನೇಟ್ ಭವನ, ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಆವರಣ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

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PROTEST Against Neglect of Handmade

Townhall, Bengaluru | 6th May-18 Sun 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

This PROTEST is Continuation of #TaxDenialSatyagraha, where we demanded to zero the GST on all #TheHandmade Products.  They have not fulfilled their promise yet!!!  Come and support for the Handmaking People.
Join this Protest with eminent artists, writers, artisans, citizens ..,

Gram Seva Sangh supports the struggles for sustenance of hand-making people across India, who constitute a majority of its poor, disadvantaged and marginalized. Over the last year, Gram Seva Sangh has been spearheading a movement to enable sustainable livelihoods through better value for handmade products. As part of the movement, the Sangh has organized a wide-ranging Satyagraha across large parts of Karnataka, comprising peaceful protests, padayatras as well as a hunger strike, demanding zero-GST for handmade products.

Why this Protest?

Post independence, our political establishment has completely neglected the betterment of the lives and livelihoods of a majority in the country. As a result, a large number of our toiling countrymen are facing conditions of distress even while their livelihoods are simultaneously becoming untenable.

Widespread mechanization has imposed further difficulties on large sections of the people. It threatens the very survival of the common man while also resulting in a severe erosion of his dignity. It is only in recent years that we are becoming conscious of the consequences of mechanization. A fundamental outcome is the collapse of the markets for handmade products that in turn has destroyed the livelihoods of millions, while providing outsized benefits to a small number of people in the society. This is clearly seen in the rural and urban areas, in the lives of both the ordinary and the super-rich, in India as well across the world.

It is shocking to witness all political parties presenting themselves every five years in the best light through impeccable manifestos (and glowing reports of excellent plans and extraordinary achievements) on behalf of the poor and the marginalized, the villagers, the urbanites, and others in the country. It is equally tragic to witness the ordinary man, who should know better through experience, repeatedly falling for the false promises of the political classes of all parties.

In this context, Gram Seva Sangh has resolved to demand that all political parties deliver on their promises; and wake up to their responsibilities towards the common man. The demand will be placed through a massive protest planned to be held on Sunday, 6th May 2018, at the Town Hall, Bengaluru, between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.

We invite you to attend this important event which is planned as a first in a series intended to enforce responsibility and sincerity on people’s representatives in fulfilling their promises. We urge you to help empower the people of the country through your vigorous participation in this event.

Please note that this protest is NOT against any specific party or government.

Our only demand is that all parties deliver on promises. Immediately.

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Development to Displacements on the right-bank of Tungabhadra

Day 13
11 February, 2018
Hampapattana

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).

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Art of Re-cyclying

 

Art of Re-cyclying

Activist-friends took us to Mochi Hunagund Yallappa’s (of the Muchigeri community) house. Saraswatamma and Manjula, his neighbours who make kavadi/quilts were also there. Traditionally, Muchigeri or Mochi community were involved in sewing kavadi, which is not only handmade but also a recycled product made from old saris and other used cloth.

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Marching through the Hand-sculpted Historic landscape

Day 8
06th February, 2018
Kanakagiri

We moved from the Nawabs ruled Hyderabad-Karnataka region to the Vijayanagar empire as we moved towards Kanakagiri. We could see the change in the landscape, crops and architecture of temples with Sufi influence still existing but not as prominent as in Hyderabad-Karnataka.

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Towards Tungabhadra…

Day 9
7 February, 2018
Gangawathi

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.

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A blissful morning listening to Putturaj Gavai

Day 7
05th February, 2018
Tavaregera (Tawaragera)

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!

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The Handmade Splendour of Hampi

Day 10
8 February 2018
Hampi

We set off at 6 am as usual, and with the breaking of the dawn we found ourselves traversing an undulating landscape. We did not meet too many villagers but saw more paddy grown along the way. We also saw a small shrine of Huligemma and a woman priest too. Continue reading The Handmade Splendour of Hampi

Hand-crafting in Dotihal

Day 5 of Padayatra, 
03rd February, 2018 
Dotihal

Culture of Prasada (Sharing of food)

As usual we woke up at 5 AM. At prayer today, in addition to the usual “Raghupati Raghava Rajaram”, there was a beautiful rendering of “Vaishnava jana to” by our volunteer, Nishanth. We left Kandagal at 6 AM. As we moved towards the centre of the village, some people who had gathered near a tea shop enquired about our walk and offered us tea. They also asked us to have prasada today in their village. Sharing of food with guests is considered offering prasada. It is a gesture of warmth.

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