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)