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Introduction: Kankandy - Shree Brahma Garadi
by Sujay Bendur

 Feb 11, 2006

Mangalore: Earlier this year the consecration”BIMBA PRATHISTA” and “MAHA BRAHMAKALASHABHISHEKA” rituals were performed in Shree Brahma Baidarkala Garadi Kshethra at the rejuvenated sanctrum of Shri Brahma Baidarkala and Kodamanithaya by worshipful Veda Moorthi Brahmashree Haridasa Janardhana Shanthi,Karkala with all religious ferever,also a five day religious and cultural programme  was celebrated at the Kshethra with all pomp and Splendor. The renovation work has transformed the temple to its present grandeur and is now in the list of famous temples in Dakshina Kannada.

Shree Brahma Baidarkala Garadi, Kankanady is one of the famous medieval religious centers of undivided Dakshina Kannada, which has an significant cultural history of 133 years. The twin cultural hero’s Koti-Chennaya who lived in the 17th century is considered as the two eyes of Billawa community.

They instilled this backward community with moral courage and confidence in their blood and thereby made remarkable achievements in identifying this community in the history. Kanakanady Garadi is one among more than 230 Garadies of Tulunadu and outside, got the ritual status amongst them, in which Koti-Chennaya are worshipped in the form of “Baidyer”, along with their deity Brahma (Bermer). According to the Astamangala (Astrology) question in “Enmur” in the year 1985,Koti-Chennaya’s were born in 1594 and died (During the Enmur War) in 1629 A.D. They were born in Padumale of Puttur taluk and died in Enmur of Sullia, where their Adi (Native) Garadi Exists.

Their “Samadhi” is still there in Enmur.
Billawa Community is one among the Socially, Educationally and Religiously downtrodden communities. Being born in Billawa community, the Koti-Chennaya’s fought against Social injustice of all and brought about the social status of the community and were worshipped by all irrespective of caste and religion.

Mijaru Garadi is one such Garadi of Dakshina Kannada.In the history, some elder representatives of the villages like Bajal, Alape, Kanakanady, Jeppu and Maroli went to offer their prayers at Mijaru.On there return along with the Prasadam of areca flower and handful of mud from the Kshethra, they felt as if two children are following them. They thought that somebody from “Nema” (Pooja) are coming back like them. Even when they slowed down, the children were seen at the same distance. The representative returned home and slept. The next day when they got up, a surprise was awating them. The paddy, which was kept at their home, was sprout. They went to a astrologer and it was confirmed that Koti-Chennaya’s came with them, pleased by their devotion.

According to the Abhaya of the ‘Baidya’s, it was told that there is the Suryanarayan God in the east and in the west of Kankanady village, there is a place were the cow and the tiger play together. It is the places were Koti-Chennay’s should live protecting the five villages. Acoordingly the elders of five villagers built a temple and started worshiping. Thus the Kankanady Garadi was established.
 Shree Brahmabhaidarkala Garadi was built on 04-03-1873 by the elders of five villages  (Kankanady, Maroli, Bajal, Alape and Jeppu) in an effort to get the people to develop faith in the Garadi.The elders who took the initiative and responsibility of building this Garadi were, Ugappa Poojary Dambe, Rama Poojary from Kanakanady, Thyampa Poojary from Bajalu Thota, Mr.Aitha Poojary from Alape and Devu Poojary from Jeppu.
In the beginning that is 1873 Shree Brahma Baidharkala and Kutumbhakanjavar were worshipped. In 1938 the first managing committee was formed to look into the development of the Ksethra (Temple).

The first Managing Committee of Shree Brahmabhaidarkala Garadi Ksethra included:

2)Somappa Pandith                                       
3)Jeppu Mundappa                                      
4)Maroli Kocha Poojary                               
5)Maroli Manjunath.                                     
6)Alape Thania Gurikara.                              
7)Alape Dhooma 
8)Jeppu D.Ramayya.    
9)Jeppu Pooyapa Mesthri. 
10) N.R.Suivarna.   
11) Ujjodi Dhoomappa.
12) Bajal Jaru Poojary.
13) B.Koragappa.   
14) Bajal Monappa.            


In an unanimous decision by the new Managing Committee, Maroli Manjunath.was elected as the president and Somappa Pandith as the Manager for Shree Brahmabhaidarkala Garadi committee .In 1942 Narsappa Salian and Somappa Pandith were elected as Pesident and Manager, during there tenure the temple was renovated with Dwaja Sthamaba or Gopura, also deities Kodamanthaya and Vishnumurthy were Established for worship in the Ksethra. Narsappa Salian and Somappa Pandith were firm followers of the preachings and principles of Shree Narayana Guru, the great philosopher, saint and social reformer and the Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi, so they established a temple and statue of Shree Narayana Guru and Mahatma Gandhi (The statute of Mahatma Gandhi was donated by J.Venkappa) One of the unique features of this Ksethra is the daily pujas offered to Mahatma Gandhi along with other deities.
On 22-03-1956 idol of Subrahmanya was built for worship, then the temple was again renovated and on 05-08-1960 worshiping of Shree Balaparameshwari and Mayandal started. Later the purview of worship extended to include Maha Ganapathi on 09-08-1965 and Ananda Bhairava deities on 31-08-1995.Totally ten deities have been established and being worshipped in this Ksethra.(Temple)
Present Managing Committee members
1) K.Chitharanjan          - President
2) A.Boja Karkera         - Manager
3) B.Vittala                    - Trustees
4) J.Kishore Kumar        - Trustees
5) J.Surendranath           - Trustees
6) J.Vishwanath             - Trustees
7) A.Vamana                  - Trustees
8) M.Mohan            - Trustees
9) B.Dhamodhar Nisarg - Trustees
Under this present committee and the leadership of K.Chitharanjan.  Renovation of the temple was done The renovation of the temple was estimated at around Rs one crore .

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