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Mangalore : Spectacular Fire Play to Appease Deity at Kateel Temple

Mangalore : Spectacular Fire Play to Appease Deity at Kateel Temple
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje 
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VA)
 


Mangalore, Apr 23: The devotees at Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple get to witness a unique ritual of pleasing the Gods. As a part of eight-day festival at the temple, here two villagers use burning palm fronds against each other to display their reverence to the deity. 









































The tradition which is known as ‘Agni Keli’ or Toothedhara(in Tulu)  is being carried out in the temple during the festival for centuries. 

Agni Keli usually takes place on the second day of the eight- day fest. During the ritual, a person can have a go at his opponent just five times and the sixth time the palm fronds have to be discarded. The burning palm fronds are thrown at the opponent and he picks up and throws against the opposite group, not any individual. The people who suffer burns are sprayed with water of Kumkumarchane. The ritual lasts for 15 minutes. 

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  • GURUPRASAD.S, BANGALORE

    Wed, May 5 2010

    Thanks DAIJIWORLD.Excellent photographs,

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  • Swetha kamath, Hyderabad

    Mon, Apr 26 2010

    Thanks DAIJIWORLD.Excellent photographs. May Kateel durga paremeshwari devi bless all of us with peace and good healthJAI MA DURGAPARAMESHWARI.

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  • Nithin, Kateel

    Mon, Apr 26 2010

    kateelu Durga parameshwari Ammanavara Padaravindakke Govindaani Govinda..........Govinda........

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  • Jayaraj, Sharjah

    Sun, Apr 25 2010

    THANKS DAIJIWORLD & ALL THE BEST ALSO.

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  • Umesh Rai, Puttur/Dammam

    Sat, Apr 24 2010

    JAI MA DURGAPARAMESHWARI.... APPE MATHERGLA YEDDE KORLEY THAI!!!

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  • sunilkumar, panambur

    Sat, Apr 24 2010

    sarvaroopa maya devi sarva devi mayam jaghat,atthoham parmashwareem ya devi madhu kaitabba prmathanee ya mahishnomulnee, ya doomrekshana chanda munda prmathanee ya raktha beejakshini
    sa chandi nava koti shakthi sahitha maam patu vishweshwari, namoh devi

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  • Dr Kishore Amin, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 24 2010

    May Shree Kateel Durgaparameshwari give strength to tackle all obstacles in all our walks of life and lead a peaceful and harmonius future.

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  • Anand Dubai, moolur

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    Thank you Daiji Kateelu Mahothsav

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  • santhosh suvarna, mangalore/ west africa/ ghana

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    THANK you daiji so much . may SHREE KATEEL DURAGAPARAMESHWARI BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEAM IN ALL ASPECT OF WORK UR DOING . AND MY PRAYER TO MY GOD SHREE KATEEL DURGAPARAMESHWARI AMMANAVARA PADARAVINDAKKA GOVINDANI GOVINGAAA .................... GOVINDAAAA

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  • sujithkumar, polali,k s a

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    thanks daiji & dayanad good snaps sri kateelu amnanavara padaravindakke govindare govinda

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  • UDAYA SHETTY, KATEEL

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    NICE SNAPS, THANKS DAIJI.I SEEN FIRST TIME 'THOOTEDHARA'IN KATEEL.REALY DANGEROUS

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  • M Sunil, Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    Excellent photos. I really miss Kateel after being transferred to Bangalore. It is very nice that ancient traditions are still being followed. But it appears that the ritual could prove dangerous if not properly supervised. Further it is advisable that they keep one or two ambulances as ready in case of emergencies.

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  • murthy, Manyioor / Hyderabad

    Fri, Apr 23 2010

    Excellent photographs. Thanx for the same , May Kateel devi bless all of us with peace and good health. Daijiworld is doing a great work by publishing these events which makes feel at home even though we are far away from home. Kateel ammanvarige jayavagali.

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  • Kateel Ramesh Prabhu, Mangalore/Bengalur

    Thu, Apr 22 2010

    Thank you Daiji & Dayanand Kukkaje for putting up nice snaps of final day events of Kateelu jathra mahothsav which I felt as if at home.Kateelu Shree Durgaparameshwari ammanavara padaravindakke Govindani Govingaaa....Govinda...

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