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Mangalore: Keddasa, Tulunadu’s Rich Tradition to Venerate Mother Earth Celebrated

Mangalore: Keddasa, Tulunadu’s Rich Tradition to Venerate Mother Earth Celebrated  
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (RS/SB)

Mangalore, Feb 13: Keddasa, an annual ritual of offering veneration to land, especially in Tulunadu along the undivided Dakshina Kannada district was celebrated at the Town Hall on Saturday February 13. Tulu Sahitya Academy and Taluk Women’s Federation organized the programme as an attempt to carry forward the traditional values of the district. 

District in-charge minister Krishna J Palemar inaugurated the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Palemar said that the rich Tuluva culture will survive only if the legacy is carried on and through the celebration of such festivals the generation next will learn to value it. The undivided Dakshina Kannada district collectively called Tulunadu has worshipped nature more than the gods, he observed. 

Keddasa and other such customs of the region teaches us the values of tradition as well as the life style, he said adding that government is also doing its bit to help of preserving the rich land and plant species.  

During the programme, the ritual involved in Keddasa was perfomed by members of women’s organization. The members offered puja to the land with the belief that earth is a Goddess. Farmers in Dakshina Kannada district perform this puja in return to blessings she showers through helping them grow abundant crops as well as indulge in various agricultural activities. This day as part of ritual the farmers do not involve themselves in agricultural activities to provide rest to the mother earth. 

Retired teacher K M Rohini gave a lecture on Keddasa and the way it is celebrated. Tulu Academy registrar Chandrahasa Rai, Vijayalaxmi B Shetty, president of women’s organization and liiterateur Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli were also present.

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  • Dr.Niranjan, Ubaar,M'lore.

    Mon, Feb 15 2010

    I totally agree with Mr.Abdul Rehaman. It is indeed a truly Drividian remenant in our Tulu culture.And we should alwaws reaffirm our dravidian roots coz we are different from Aryans.

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  • Sandarsh Shetty, Vittala\Pune

    Mon, Feb 15 2010

    Mr Abdul Rahman, Dubai , Just by referring some flamboyant historical words like Dravidian, Aryans will not prove your knowledge about Hindu systems and its traditions (particularly tulu nadu history since it doesn’t have tracebilty). Its better to come down to root level of tulu nadu history and reconfirm your opinion about actual “ Keddasa” and its applicable caste. With out giving any proofs and knowledge please don’t comment.

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  • shrinivas, India

    Sun, Feb 14 2010

    Dear Mr. Abdul Rahma who told you that Upper Class Brahminical people not observe this Keddesa festival? Do you know what they are doing these three days. what you mean the "Keddesa". If you want i will tell you about the festival.

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  • Prajwal ullal, bangalore

    Sun, Feb 14 2010

    “We're sitting on our blessed Mother Earth from which we get our strength and determination, love and humility - all the beautiful attributes that we've been given. So turn to one another love one another respect one another respect Mother Earth respect the waters - because that's life itself!”

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  • Abdul Rahman, Dubai

    Sun, Feb 14 2010

    A Dravidian culture, true Indian culture. Not an imported , Aryan culture. We can note that upper class Brahminical people do not observe this festival.

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  • Vicky Chopra, Udipi/New Delhi

    Sat, Feb 13 2010

    "Save Earth"..without Earth there is no question of any religion..Jai Ho Tulu Nadu..

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