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Sunday, 20 August 2006

Gardi - The Billawa Temple
The Tulu term Garadi is derived from Kannada word Garodi which means gymnasium. In olden days Garadi was used to be the place of body building and other physical exercise.

Nagabrahma and Koti Chennaya are the main Gods worshipped in Garadi and hence is called as Brahmabaidarkala Garadi (Koti Chennaya are called as Baidarkala).

Other Deities and statues in Garadi are Jogi Purusha, Kujumba Kunjuva, Okku Ballala, Deyi Baidethi, Bobbarya, Kshetrapala, Mayandal, Kulatha Jumadi, Maletha Jumadi, Huli Chamundi, Dumavathi Panjurli. At present there are about 214 Garadis all over southern Karnataka. 

Koti chennaya were the adventurous brothers who in odd circumstance had shown incredible courage and fought for the justice to the down trodden.They are symbolised as exploited generation who as last resort took the path of revolution through bloodshed and shattered the strong fort of contemporary evils.

Koti chennaya lived in an era wherein it was impossible to bring about social changes, a fight against upper class and upper caste, hence Garadi has become centre of folk beliefs. Whole folk world considers Koti chennaya as super natural heroes and warriors.

Now Garadis are not just worshipping place but a place of reforms, inspiration, social justice and ray of hope for the needy, poor and weak.

Following Poojas are performed in Garadis:

Daily Pooja Daily poojas are performed for Nagabrahma. In some of the Garadis poojas are offered only on Tuesday.

Sankramana Pooja Devotees come in large numbers for Sankramana poojas which is special in each form. Hannukayi and or Kajjaya will be offered to the gods.

Chauthi Pooja  Chauthi pooja is nothing but Ganesh chaturthi. Pancha kajjaya and sugar cane are offered to lord Ganesh on this auspicious day.

Kuralu Kkattuni This is the celebration of arrival of harvest. Bunch of paddy plants are offered to the Gods and festival is celebrated in each of the houses using new paddy. 

Agelu Seve  Agelu seve and Nema are conducted during January to April. Agelu seve is offered to Koti Chennaya. This is very lengthy ceremony consisting of Pooja, Homa, Aarthis etc. Anna Naivedya is main Prasadam offered to Koti Chennaya at Agelu Seve 

Nema This is one of the long performing ceremonies. Nema centres on Nagabrahma. Parava community sings and dances whole night in Nema.Paddhana is presented by three Parava artists. Also there will be Baidarkala Darshana on this night.

Kola Mayandal Dumavathi and Panjurli kola are different forms of worshipping other deities.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 August 2006 )
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