11 February, 2018
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).
Continue reading Development to Displacements on the right-bank of Tungabhadra
05th February, 2018
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!
Continue reading A blissful morning listening to Putturaj Gavai
8 February 2018
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
Day 5 of Padayatra,
03rd February, 2018
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.
Continue reading Hand-crafting in Dotihal