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Significance of Aadi Masam

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Aadi Masam (Masam-month) is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and some people consider the month as inauspicious for humans and auspicious for devatas and pirudevatas. It is an auspicious month for spiritual activities for Tamilians, unlike for Telugu and others who call it as Aashadam or Aashada who consider this as an inauspicious one. Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night time of Gods, begins in the Aadi month. But numerous unique Tamil rituals and festivals are also observed during Aadi month so some people consider it as auspicious. Well, by it is a coincident or so, in Hyderabad and other regions specially in Telangana region Bonalu festivity is celebrated in Aadi-Aashadam month. This Aadi month commences either in July or August every year depending upon the birth of the month. However, the month is considered as auspicious month all the rituals are restricted for the celebration and festivity connected with AMMAN-Goddess. Marriages, House Warming or Thread Ceremony such

Theyyam-A ritualistic Performing Dance Art form of Kerala

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 It was a great opportunit to watch the live performance of Theyyam in Gods own land-Kerala State along with other Research scholars from the world during the Centre for Performance Research and Cultural Studies in South Asia-C PRACSIS International conference ‘Body, Space and Technology in Performance’ organized by D r. C.S Biju at Trissur, Kerala in 2010. ‘Theyyam’ is a famous ritual art form that originated in North Kerala which brings to life the great stories of our State. It encompasses dance, mime and music. It exalts the beliefs of the ancient tribals who gave a lot of importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of their ancestors.   The term Theyyam is a distorted form of 'Dhaivam' or God. It is a rare combination of dance and music and reflects important features of a tribal cultural dance as a whole. This folk dance is believed to be a divine expression and the local residents of Kerala invoke the blessings of God through this dance form. This custom is also

Yellu Amavase- Ellu Amavasya—Thanks Giving to the nature and tiny creatures

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  There are beliefs, rituals, observations and celebrations to thank “MOTHER EARTH”. As traditionally, there used to two –three crops grown by the farmers who largely depend upon the nature for yielding bountiful crop. Mother Earth –the soil, Rain-the Water, Light-The Sun, Nutrients and the microbes-the tiny worms, insects, snakes, bullocks, wind and nature in total. There are multiple occasions when this “Thanks Giving” is celebrated and observed. Again, it varies from region to region, season to season, and culture to culture. One such is “Yellu Amavasya”, also known as “Ellamavasya”, is observed on the no moon day in the Margashirsh month (November – December) in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana States of India. “Ellu” means Sesame or Til and Amavasya is the New Moon Day or No Moon Day”. An important ceremony on the Yellu Amavasya day is the spraying of sesame and jaggery in agricultural lands. Even today the organic spray mix is contains sesame, jaggery, cow dung,

Indian Puppetry: Yakshagana Puppets from Uppinakudru, Karnataka

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From time immemorial, there are evidences of the existence of Sting Puppetry in Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka State. According to folk art experts, the origin of Yakshagana puppetry has not been established. Though it remained with a few families, Yakshagana puppetry has survived for over three centuries, due to Uppinakudru Kamath family's commitment to the art. In the 17th century, Krishna Babu Kamath and his son Lakshmana Bhagavatha launched the Yakshagana puppet theatre and travelled from place to place staging shows at fairs, temple festivals and so on. The ancient folk art of “Yakshagana Gombeyatta”- known as Yakshagana Puppetry of coastal Karnataka was founded by three brothers named Sri Laxman. Sri Narasimha and Sri Manjappa Kamath, three centuries ago at Uppinakudru a small village in Kundapura Taluk, Udupi district of Karnataka State, India. It was Lakshmana who founded the Ganesha Yakshagana Gombeyata troupe. The grandson of Sri Laxman Kamath named

Thiru Aadi Pooram-Sri Andal Jayanthi and Ambal Valaikappu

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  Thiru Aadi Pooram is very special for Tamilians and all Sri Vaishnava Bhagavtha Bhaktas across the globe. It is a pretty coincidence that Aadi month it is very special with varied ritualistic observations- Aadi masam, Aadi Perukku, Aadi Amavasya , Aadi Krithigai,and Aadi Velli and Sevvai. Along with this Thiru Aadi Pooram has a special reverence of significance. “Pooram is also known as Purva Phalhuni”-one of the nakshtras or the stars out of Twenty Seven stars as per Hindu almanac and astrology. Sri Andal is also known as Godha and Sri Godha devi” the only woman Alwar who stood out in her glory as one among the twelve Alwars of Sri Vaishnava Guru Paramparai was born in Aadi –Aashada month in Pooram star. Thus, it is known as Shri Andal Jaynathi. All Vaishnava temples and especially Srivilliputtur the birth place of Sri Andal and Sri Rangam the prime temple abode of Sri Vaishnavas rejoices in galore wherein, the festival is celebrated for ten days. It is also the day birth of Uma-Par

Significance of Aati month in Tulunadu

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The Hindu almanac is mainly based on region, culture and traditional practices. There are different types of Hindu almanac -Solar. Lunar, Lunisolar and so on. Tulunadu the land known as Sri Parashuram Kshetra and the Sree kshetra of Deva and Daiva worshipping. This region follows Solar Hindu Almanac. This region of Karnataka has a unique biodiversity, culture and practices from the rest of the state. Solar almanac or Lunar almanac or any other Hindu almanacs the year is divided into twelve months based on the six seasons. Each season is again characterized with ‘Swad’-taste mainly classified as sweet, salt, bitter, sour, pungent, astringent. Tulunadu is a coastal belt plateau kind on the banks of the Arabian Sea. This region is bestowed with natural following rivers, tributaries and streams all through the Western Ghats and reaching the sea. There is a strong connection between the nature and human based on season, food, culture and practices. It is well said like Nature-Agriculture-C

Home Made Dhoop Cones

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“The Earth is only mother we all have in common-she needs love, care and respect. Stop abusing mother Earth” The bug of refuse reduces, recycle and reduce bit me long age. My room, my balcony and my puppet workstation are more or else like a garbage collecting place wherein one can find right from plastic biscuit wrappers , covers, caps, nozzles, to plastic bottles, carton boxes to old rags, and so on for my puppet making. To this is now adds up used flowers, fruit peels, vegetable peels, green leafy vegetables and the list add up. What they have to do with puppet building? Anything like organic puppets with flowers and fruits?? Sounds good!! Hopefully maybe that day would also be not far away. Well, this was during one of the puppet shows on World Earth Day 6 years ago, a little child asked my Puppet-the main character Challamma-, “Hey Chellamma. Are you practicing all the 4R’s you want us to follow?” This was a kind of slap given to me. I was not fully practicing, but was using cl

Significance of Mannettina Amavasya-Obeisance to Bullocks

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  It just took me back to my childhood days in MTS Colony Hubballi, Karnataka State India. I would also engage in playing with potter’s clay in my neighbor Shri Gopinathacharya’s house and make small toys and stuff later to be thrown out by my family. Maybe my first hand experience of clay work was much encouraged by Mama and Mami (that’s the loving liberty of addressing elders then). Every occasion of celebration had a significance that would be guiding energy of living. “What an artful life was led and enjoyed by our ancestors?”—I question often to myself. Thanks to the social medias like watsapp groups and Face book for rekindling the hidden golden memories.    Human beings had to live amongst other animal species by respecting and let live kind of life skills adopted by our ancestors. One such celebration is “Mannettinna Amavasya”day. Maneettina Amavasya celebrated as per Hindu Lunar Almanac Jyestha month (June-July) Shukla Paksha on the day of New Moon Day. The word “Mannu” me