Padkanthaaya daiva

Padkanthaaya daiva

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-11-21 10:17 When it is worshipped as ‘nema’, Padkanthaaya daiva gives blessings in Kannada. But what is the story behind the worshipping of Padkanthaaya daiva?According to a story, Padkanthaaya was born to two bhutas Genda Keturaaya and Veera Bhadra. But soon he was orphaned. With no other option, Padkanthaaya takes to begging to survive. He uses sugarcane stalk as a stick and makes tamboora out of a cucumber. And so he goes from village to village.During his journey, he meets two women named Kalamma and Cheluvamma. Cheluvamma wasn’t married even though she was past the marriageable age. The reason? Everyone who came to see Cheluvamma rejected her by picking various faults with her body. As she feeds Padkanthaaya, narrating to him her tale of woes, a tear from Cheluvamma’s eyes falls into Padkanthaaya’s hands.Padkanthaaya asks Cheluvamma to bring two plantain leaves, using which he turns her into a beautiful woman. He also asks her to worship him. Later, Cheluvamma gets married and starts worshipping Padkanthaaya, who in turn comes to be worshipped as a deity by everyone.(Thanks to Jithesh Pai for the information)