22nd annual puthari public celebration by CNC tomorrow

Kodagu, December 02:- The 22nd annual puthari   public celebrations by the Codava National Council (CNC) will be held  at Nandineravanda Uthappa’s Paddy Field  in Chickabettageri  Village  of  Kushalnagar tomorrow.

According to a press release from Codava National Council, the rituals   start  with  ceremonial  prayers  to Codava  guru and Karona  and  all  the  deities   followed   by   nerekattuva rituals by five  varieties  of fresh   leaves  such  as  Geri Thopp,  Palchi Thopp,  Mange Thopp, Kummi Thopp and Arali Thopp   after  which  the ceremonial  processions ,  accompanied  by Kuthi,  Thaliyathaki bolak , Dudikot Paat  &  Thok – Kathi  to  the Paddy Fields.

There will be variety of cultural  programmes – Pareya Kali, Kolat & Valagathat  immediately  after   the Kad  Edpa ritual , followed  by  Meedi Beppa ( offering  oblation ) to  Guru  and Karona  under Nellaki followed  by   tasty  Codava  cereal.

“This rich, ancient  and  vibrant  ritual   has  become   obsolete  on account of  the intentional   suppressive  mishandling   by  the  government   systematically  after  Coorg  got   merged  with  Karnataka   in  1956.  CNC    has been trying to rejuvenate the  near-  forgotten  ritual.   “We insist   that  the  government   at  once  should   declare   common holiday  to  the  entire  district   for  Puthari festivities  for  a  week,” the press released added. -(KK)

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