TheHandmade jaatha – A Long March for the handmade

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 Vibrant Kushtagi Santhe

Day 5 of Padayatra
4th February, 2018
Gumgeri

We set off from Dotihal in the morning, with our heads still reeling from the engaging weaving demonstrations we witnessed.

Pottery items for the kitchen

Around 10am, we reached Kushtagi, which is at the junction of National Highway-50 and State Highway-59, about 50KMs from Koppal. Today being Sunday, the entire town was caught up with the Santhe (fair). In what might have been a large fair, is now divided by the National Highway, and an unheeded flyover at the junction. One side of the Highway is the Cattles section of the fair, and on the other was all farm produce, Millets to Vegetables, Kitchen Stoves to Earthen pots, cleaning items like different kinds of brooms for different types of floors, Apparels, Footwear, everything you will need if you want to settle down in a village.

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In the Fields of Gold | Tracing Manteswamy’s Route

Day 4 of the Padayatra
2 February 2018,
Kandgal

We started from the Saranamma Tayi MaTha walking seven kilometers along more fields of earthy shades, hints of green and dry gold kissed flowers. Mixed-crops of Kadale, Jola, Kusube in straight rows and Jave Godhi in the peripheral patches, Fields of Gold, indeed! we stopped at Harinapura, for breakfast and short rest under a tamarind tree.

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Under the shining Super Moon | Tracing Manteswamy’s Route

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.

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ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳ ಸಮಕಾಲೀನ ಮಹತ್ವ

ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಕಾವ್ಯದ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಭಾಗ ಪಾಂಚಾಳರನ್ನು ಕುರಿತದ್ದು. ಪಾಂಚಾಳರವನಾದ ಕೆಂಪಾಚಾರಿಯನ್ನು ತುಂಬ ಸಾಹಸಪಟ್ಟು ಒಲಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಹಾಗೂ ತನ್ನ ಪಟ್ಟದ ಶಿಷ್ಯನನ್ನಾಗಿ ರೂಪಿಸುವ ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳು, ಮಿಕ್ಕ ಪಾಂಚಾಳರಿಗೆ ಶಾಪ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಅವರು ಚದುರಿ ಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.

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On the Banks of Krishna | Tracing Manteswamy’s Route

Day - 2 of Padayatra
January 31, 2018
Jaawoor

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.

Kori Sangameshwara Gudi
Kori Sangameshwara Gudi

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.

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Come to Kodekal | A Unity Convention of the Handmaking People | Tue · Jan 30, 2018

Come to Kodekal!

for

A Unity Convention of the Handmaking People

and

A Long March for the Handmade

Tue · Jan 30, 2018 · 10 am

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Kodekal Basavanna Shrine

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