Kundapur: Living Amidst Termite Mounds, for Two Generations

Kundapur: Living Amidst Termite Mounds, for Two Generations

Aishwarya Beejady
Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (RD)

Kundapur, Jan 14: This is the story of a family that has lived amidst termite mounds that have existed for nearly two centuries and which have been growing each passing day. Two generations of a family have lived at Kondimane in Shedimane village in the foothills of Someshwar nature’s reserve, despite the mounds that are now touching the roof, and the general perception that such spots are inhabited by snakes.

The house where the termite mounds exist is nearly three centuries old. Girija Poojarti is the head of this family, whose father Manju Poojary also lived here. Girija and Chenna Poojary live here presently with their four children. The house has been maintained as is, except for the thatched roof being replaced with tiles. The termite mounds have grown nearly 25 feet in height and touch the roof, but no one knows their depth.

The house has its own history. Kalu Poojary who lived in the house was a priest at the Koti–Chennaya Deivastana. The courtyard has an earthen-‘Tulsi Katte’ and massive slabs are laid on the steps. The sit-out and rooms are made of mud and everything has been retained in its original form. The sit-out is relaxing and soothing for anyone who comes tired from scorching sun.

Fear of Cobras

The house lies in the foothills of the Someshwar reserve forest which is inhabited by cobras. Though cobras had descended into the termite mound on a few occasions, they did not harm anyone. The termite mound has become a part of the lives of the family and has never been a hindrance. There were many attempts to destroy the termite mound in the past, but it continued to grow. “The family also believes in divinity attached to the termite mound that grows freely at the heart of the house. Their life goes on unhindered,” said local resident Rajprasad.

“We have tried to remove the termite mound in the past, but whenever we did so, we were faced with many difficulties in life. Since then, we have not bothered and have carried on with our lives despite the termite mound nearly touching the roof. We have no resources to build a new house. We have three daughters and a son. We all earn our livelihood by working as farmhands. The reptiles have never harmed anyone in the family,” says Girija Poojary.


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  • Rajini Jagadish Amin, manglore/ Dubai

    Sun, Jan 15 2012

    Hi Imran
    Don’t confuse am requesting Dubai Billaws because there always helping poor people so I requested. Any help they will do first. Billaws Sangha every year giving children’s education fund .so many things they did. Everybody giving help for the poor people really very good

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    Sat, Jan 14 2012

    Why only Dubai Billawas Sangha should come forward to help them, let us join hand together to help them to build new house. We request all the readers to contribute, let Daiji publish their bank account or guide the proper way to gather the fund.

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  • Candle, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 14 2012

    Since sentiments and beliefs are involved,It is better not to demolish the house but to quit the house and built the new one near by.Since the family is poor,DW readers can extend their help as they did with many.

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  • Rajini Jagadish Amin, Manglore/ Dubai

    Sat, Jan 14 2012


    Am requesting my Dubai Billaws Sangha please help this people.

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  • Joe Lobo, Kulshekar/Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 14 2012

    Without questioning their beliefs, it is better to advise the family to leave the old house as since it is risky and dangerous to live there. May be readers could think in terms of raising funds and build a new house for them?

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