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Kasargod: Ottekola for Vishnumurthy – Dangerous Leap for Faith
By Rajesh S
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network

Feb 7, 2010

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    Bhootaradhane, worship of demi-gods is one of the distinct cultures of the coastal region. Though rituals vary from region to region, the people’s dedication coupled with fear is omnipresent. 

    In such a celebration that was held near Idiyadka in Perla near Kasargod, the devotees expressed their fervour to Vishnumurthy Daiva, worshipped as saviour of the land, as they ran over a heap of burning charcoal neglecting the danger, known as kende seve in local parlance as part of Ottekola. What seems more miraculous is that these religious come out unscathed from rage of blazing coal in winter night. 

    Lord Vishnumurthy, worshipped as god elsewhere here has been bestowed the place of a demi-god. With folk tales that depict the miracles of demi-god being famous in the region, the people have accorded powerful status to Vishnumurthy, believing that dedicated offering pleases him while non-commitment invites his wrath.

    The locals said that for many years Ottekola was not offered and that they observed several families in surrounding areas were afflicted with problems. Owing to this, in 2008, local residents along with the families affected renovated the temple and restarted offering. The temple, believed to be 800 years old attracts people from all over. 

    Though the offering sends shivers down the viewers, for the people involved in the act, it is all about faith. As per the tradition of the festival, a mount of wood is set to fire in the morning, which reduces into heap of burning charcoal towards evening welcoming the ardent devotees. Managing trust of the temple now has decided to hold the festival biannually.

    Along with Vishnumurthy, demi-goddess Ullalthi, a form of Goddess Durga is also worshipped here, hence the name Durgaparameshwari Vishnumurthy Daivasthana. But unlike the demi-god, Ullalthi is offered a traditional puja.

    Comments on this article
    B S Shetty, Vittala\PuneThursday, February 11, 2010
    Mr abrar, Mangalore/Dubai. Please don’t play with beliefs of other people and culture .Mind your own business. If u really thinking that universe is created just because of one god , fine believe it yourself. But with out prior knowledge don’t hurt others feeling towards god .
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    Shetty, mangaloreWednesday, February 10, 2010
    My great India..the land of mystic spirituality which makes us distinct.
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    ravi, mangaloreWednesday, February 10, 2010
    abrar, Mangalore/Dubai... have u seen before that one god who created us & whole universe? and du u have any proof that one man created whole universe ? dnt it look like practically /scyntifically imposible ? so if u have no 100% proof on ur beliefs and ur one man god..how can u questoin others belief as blind one ?
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    abrar, Mangalore/Dubai.Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    As am doing studies of comparative religion & its never mentions of these things in the Hindu Scriptures. These are just a blind bliefs & people do for their own benifits & so on. Simple logic- i can say worship one god who created us & whole universe.
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    udaya Kumar Kayyar, M'lore/U.A.EMonday, February 08, 2010
    very nice photos, I have witnessed one such Ottekola for Vishnumurthy at a Kavu Nannya a place near Puttur Karnataka.Vishnumurthy one of the powerful god.
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    ravi, mangaloreSunday, February 07, 2010
    great..i never seen it live before..its a art and culture ..of couse gods power. of our tulu nadu.
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    Vicky Chopra, odupu/dilliSaturday, February 06, 2010
    Miracles only happen in India..if good things in the hands of god..bad things in the hands of satan.. if one is benefitted from 'bhootha-aradhanes'..from where did power derived from ?..kohi na jaane..kohi na jane.. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani..'ganas' afterall working for 'Lord Shiva'..Jai Bolenath..
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    Damodar Samani, Thonse/Dubai Saturday, February 06, 2010
    I have witnessed one such Ottekola for Vishnumurthy at a Payyolike a place near Kayyar/ Uppala way back in early 6o’s. It was an experience which is still permanently embossed in my brains and I keep telling family about this. It is only to be seen to be believed. I hope and wish to witness the next event at Idiyadka in Perla.
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