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Mangalore: Ancient Kananjar ‘Doddamane’ In Need of Renovation

Mangalore: Ancient Kananjar ‘Doddamane’ In Need of Renovation
Daijiworld Media Network—Mangalore (CN)

Mangalore, Apr 28: The thousand-year-old Kananjar ‘Doddamane’ with its rich heritage and unique culture makes its family members proud. 

The Doddamane, which contains unique wooden carvings and huge pillars of wood in the court hall, is today in a dilapidated state and portions of the house have also collapsed. 

Members of the family today number over a thousand and are planning to join hands to reconstruct the ruined house with the support of the locals.

On the occasion of the annual ‘pooja’ of the ‘Nagabrahma Sthana’, scheduled for Wednesday May 5, a meeting will be held at 2 pm at the Sri Brahmalingeshwara Temple to discuss and decide on ways and means of conducting the reconstruction.  

The family has invited opinions, suggestions, and guidance from interested parties on this occasion.

The Mula Naga Brahmasthana and Sri Brahmalingeshwara, Veerabhadra Melbanta Gudis, have been rebuilt with the help of family members, villagers, deities, and donors.  

For more information please contact the following:

SHUBHANAND M. SHETTY-MUMBAI: M: 0091 9769132313, 
VIVEK SHETTY (BELMAN)- KUWAIT. M: +965-99574402 /23985756

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    Nancy, Belman,

    Thanks for comments, i know my name sounds weird,what to do...

    Probably we both went to same school and have similar names.....

    How is Belman nowadays? looks like big town??

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    Langoolacharya, Belman/USA,

    Nice to see your comment. Yes, Indar is renovated. May I know who are you and where from belman? Your name is Unique,never heard before anywhere except Daijiworld comments column.

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  • vivek shetty, belman/Kuwait

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    Dear Vikram Shetty, Langoolacharya, Pavan, KB, Udupi, Nasir, Jawar d’souza, and all. Thanks for all your interests, comments & suggestions, etc….

    We are trying our best to restore this ancestral, historic house sincerely, without any political-pop & splendour. We are tying to spread a sincere appeal to all members of Kananjar Doddame Family just to unite them and to make them aware of present dilapidated situation of this house. Fore more information about this historic house, and era of the rulers, please refer to the original script written by:(Late) Sri. Kananjaru Prabhakar Shetty “ Kananjar Shree Brahmalingeshwara Kshetra” (Purana with complete information), Translated in English by: Sri. Manjunath Shridhar Hegde. This book contains both English & Kannada versions (An introduction to the place of Kananjar, Karkala Tq. Udupi Dist, Karnataka State). For copy’s write/contact: Managing Trustee, Shree Brahmalingeshwara Kshethra, Kananjar-574 102, Karkala Taluk, Udupi Dist. (Karnataka State). We have the recorded history of ruler Veera Nayara Heggade 2nd in this book. But its not revealing history prior to him, renovation jobs taken place before, etc.. etc… ! This book reveals even more exciting stories about this house. As you all know, age-old history can not be traced properly or written properly.
    Thanking you all for your interest…….vivek shetty

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  • vivec, belman/Kuwait

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    dear M. Mathias,
    Thnx for your comments. yes, this house comes under karkala taluk. Kanajar/kananjar both same.

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  • bhaskar Shetty, nandalike / Mumbai

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    There is one more heritage house in Nandalike Chavadi. This is also more than 300 years old and we can find beautiful wooden carving. This is also holy home where Goddess Siri grown up.

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  • Vikram Shetty, Kundapura/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 29 2010

    I think we can only estimate approximate age for this heritage house. it is quite similar to my house in Kundapur but that is arround 125 years old as I heard. I don't think so there is any proper proofs for this house 1000 years old. Even though we cannot guess its age from its recent form showed in the pictures there is possiblities of renovations in the middle...

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  • Pavan, Karkala

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Hi Sri Langoolacharya

    House cant be dated by the look. the way you show up the age 150-200 years would over-write the history of Kananjar. It would bring the title deed to colonial paper-era from that of the copper-plate/stone inscribed deed era.

    House could be 1000 year old. But due to harsh weather, the mud or weak brick houses would get washed away in storm/rain/lightning stikes etc. So, proabibility that every house would get renovated in our area is too high. With constant renovation, the structure gets up-graded. Instead of palm or Grass thatched roof, you may see mangalorean tiles. Instead of bamboo supported roof, you may see highly carved artistic pillers etc.,

    So, intead of looking at the intricate details, I guess we should encourage Sri Vivek etal to restore the house.

    House look is not important at this juncture. History and antiquity and legacy is the one that needs immediate attention.

    If every heritage is rennovated in a similar way to Panchalingeshwara temple of Vittal, then one day we would see only concrete jungles in our area, which is built of poor quality knockable fragile Indian synthesized cement or so.

    Sri Vivek,

    Irrespective of whether you want to restore or not, Please get it clearly documented with the help of Civil/architectural students with historians presence.

    Even a single tile that falls would hurt everyone more and more. It is our heritage irrespective of who owns it.

    Wishing all the best in your venture.

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Wed, Apr 28 2010


    This house could be 150-200 years old, because i dont think they were making these type of tiles before 200 years....

    As far as i know these tiles were started by Basel Mission some where in 1800 in Mangalore, after fall of Mr Tippu Sultan in 1799.

    I have seen a similar house in Indar, near Belman before 40 years, dont know if they have renovated it since then....

    However, i believe its worth preserving....

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  • Pavan, Karkala

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Dear Sri Shetty Brothers

    Glad to know that you have an agenda for the reconstruction of history through doddamane. Congraturlations.

    1. Government bodies could be approached (see heritage village,Udupi, which received grants from abroad).

    2 Post complete pictures in which may attract funders.

    3. Thumb rule : Never rennovate, but only restore. No effort should be put to alter the antiquity.

    4. These kind of wooden supports are only about 300 to 200 years old typically. They are brittle due to age, and nature of Jack fruit/local wood composition. So, only skilled carpenters to be employed.

    5. Before restoration, document the palace with proper pictures. Approach Civil Engineering students to take up the architectural study of the palace, and the documentation happens free in the process (Nitte engineering college - easy to penetrate than Manipal or Surathka, sulia).

    6. Once the basic things are done, approach old households to gather antique items to be displayed here. this would generate interest and propaganda, awareness

    7. should be monitored properly while admitting mischievous public that would leave graffitti etc.,

    8. Open space to be always secured with laterite fortification, and gardening of various local horti-plants (birinda, mangoe, jack fruit, drumstick trees etc that can generate revenue for sustaining maintenance).

    finally, without admission fee - no entrance. Pay and feel responsibile


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  • KB, Udupi/USA

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Thousand year Old??? That sounds too exaggerating. However these type of homes need to be preserved. Kindly post more photos.

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  • Nasir, Dubai

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Please provide more pictures of this treasured house.

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'lore/Doha

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Here is my opinion to the family, its very good news to renovate the house, old is Gold so please maintain it. I think even the govt should give some grant to maintain such homes. We can see the timber pillar's such huge. It can be a tourist spot also, may be the people staying there can feed some home made food and earn some income. Hope I am on the right path.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 28 2010

    Nice to read about thousand year old heritage.Is it Kananjar or Kanajar? Kanajar comes under Karkala Taluk of Udupi District.

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