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  • Tulunadu tales: Bachhanayaka daiva

    The story behind the worshipping of Baccha Nayaka daiva, who is worshipped in Sulya, Guttigaaru, and Yenekallu There are several stories in Tulu about the worshipping of Baccha Nayaka daiva, who is worshipped in Sulya, Guttigaaru, and Yenekallu. One such story is found in Baisu Nayaka's...

  • Tulunadu tales: Gili Rama

    Many deities in Tulunadu folklore are born as ordinary people but perform extraordinary deeds. In the end, they turn into deities through a tragic incident. One such brave man who turned into a deity was Gili Rama. According to 'Daivaradane Jijnaasegalu' by Dr. Bannanje Baabu Ameen, Gilirama...

  • Tulunadu tales: Arabi Bhuta

    In Tulunadu folklore, it is not just locals and Hindus who turn into deities/bhutas. There are several examples of non-Hindus and people from foreign land turning into bhutas. For example, there are Muslim bhutas such as Ali Bhuta, Babbarya, Mapule Mapulthi, Mapulthi Dhoomavathi, Byaari Bhuta,...

  • Tulunadu tales: The story of Malesaavira daiva

    In Tulunadu's folk tales, most deities are basically humans. People who suffered unnatural death, blessings or curses of deities are later transformed and worshipped as deities. Some examples are Koti-Chennaya, Mugerlu, Ali Bhuta, Mukambi Guliga - all of these deities were previously...

  • Price of beauty: Tulu daiva Subbiyamma Guliga

    Subbiyamma Guliga is one of the deities worshipped in Tulu Nadu. With the help and grace of Guliga, Panjurli, Chamundi, Malaraaya and others, many deities have been created throughout Tulu Nadu. But how did Subbiyamma Guliga came to be worshipped? Sometimes, with no fault of...