The great Mugerlu brothers

The great Mugerlu brothers

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-09-21 18:50 We all know the story of brave Koti and Chennaya, who fought against injustice and were highly respected in Tulunadu. In the Tulu bhuta tradition, there are two more who resemble Koti and Chennaya: Mugerlu brothers. Born into “Mugera” (a community of hunters) tribe, the two are known for their bravery and for commitment to fight injustice. Unfortunately, both die too early. The brothers are worshipped with different names. Yenmooru Dieyya, Keletta Pernale, Mudda Kalala, Sathyada Daivolu, and Sathyadappe Jokulu are some of the other names of the Mugerlu brothers. Folklore contains different versions about their birth and adulthood. In one version, the two were born in the area ruled by Bangaadi Arasa. Their father worked in the royal palace while the children reared the cattle. An important development in their childhood was their meeting with Madanappa Shetty. One day, while the boys were busy with the cattle, they hear the lord’s children playing “Pallekai and Kadenjikai”. Their curiosity piqued, the two ask the children whether they can join them in the game. The Mugerlu brothers defeat everyone in the game, forcing the children to complain to Lord Arasu, who throws the Mugerlu out of the area. So with their sister Tannimaaniga they leave the area. While passing through the forest, they come across a ‘Berma Sthaana’. They pay tribute to the place and, with the grace of Brahma, they meet Koti and Chennaya’s mother, Deyi Baidyatthi, who gives shelter to them.  Later, it is said that the two brothers go on a hunt along with Koti-Chennaya and are killed while hunting a pig. In some versions, Koti-Chennaya and Mugerlu turn rivals over the question of who killed the pig. In some folk tales, Mugerlu step into Brahma’s lake to catch fish and are trapped in the lake as no one permitted to enter it. Seeing the dead brothers, Tannimaaniga also enters the lake and dies. Later, they become divine spirits and are worshipped. In another epic, the brothers are known by the name Mudda and Kalala. The brave warriors fought on the side of Bangaadi Baale Bangarasu and defeated many kings such as Gaanada Sanduvatti, Nayerle Dandu, Kinni Mugera. It is said that in one such battle Kalala was decapitated by a sharp weapon used by the enemy. The severed head then fell at Eeshwaramangala temple. A silver face, said to be that of Kalala’s, is worshipped at present at the temple. After the war, Kalala’s brother Mudda begins farming. One day, while working in the field, he is bitten by a poisonous snake and dies. In this version of the folk tale, Madanappa Shetty, the teenage friend of the brothers, also goes to war. Though details of his death are not clear, it is said that he too was killed in the battle.   Some folklorists say both brothers were from different time periods, and that their story is a bit false. But whatever maybe the veracity of the tales, Mudda and Kalala were as brave as Koti and Chennaya.