Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Mar 17: The customary mask of a Daiva, idol, and other equipment were found near a banyan tree at Kolakady near Mulky in the district. It is gathered that the things found are about 600 years old.
It is said that this spot had certain Daivasthanas where puja and other rituals were performed often. In course of time, the buildings were dilapidated and the masks, seat, and other equipment relating to the divine powers, Pilichamundi, Nandigona and other Daivas too became neglected. A local says that many years back, a scrap dealer had tried to transport these things. But he found that the items surprisingly gained so much in weight that he found it impossible to move them, and therefore left them there.
The villagers had recently arranged for divine query by a scholar to find ways and means to bring back the welfare of the village. During this process, it was revealed that the equipment needed for the same were available there. People went to the huge Banyan tree and checked, and found the equipment. It is said that a tiger used to get seated on a platform known as 'Pilikatte' whenever the Nemotsava was held here, watch the proceedings without creating trouble, and return at the end. There is also an old well near this spot.
Under the guidance of Kolakady temple priest, Srikanth Bhat, prayers were offered by the renovation committee led by its president, Goipinath Padanga, with a proposal to bring back the glory of the spot. After detailed verification of connections this place had with other places of worship, plan for renovation will be drawn, said Ganesh Shetty, trustee of Kolakady Kunjarugiri temple.