Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-10-27 11:23 As soon as Dasara begins, Mysuru gets ready to worship goddess Chamundeshwari, who killed the demon named Mahishasura. Dasara is also celebrated in Mangaluru with much pomp and gaiety. Here Aadishakti is worshipped as Kali, Sharada and in other avatars. In Tulunadu, Chamundi Bhuta is a well-known deity but her origin is still mired in confusion. In Tulunadu, these bhutas are differentiated into two ways: one on the basis of historical stories; second, on the basis of phrases and verses available. According to an old story, Chamundi was born between seven oceans and with seventy seven serpents. There is also a paddana sung by Sharada G Bangera, which says that she is a girl and not identical to goddess Chamundeshwari of Mysuru. In the paddana, on the left there is Edamale, on the right, Balamale and in the middle, Nadumale. A man named Bheemuraya Bhatta comes to have a bath in the pond located in his garden. While he is taking bath, a beautiful white lotus flower falls in his lap. Bheemuraya take the flower home and places it in front of an idol of a god. Later, in a miraculous incident, the flower turns into a baby girl. Bheemuraya becomes happy that his wife, who was childless so far, had been blessed with a girl and names her ‘Chamundi’. But there is no clarity on why and how she came to be worshipped. Agni Chamundi In Tulunadu, there are several Chamundis such as Male Chamundi, Rudra Chamundi, Vishnumurthi Chamundi, Pilichamundi, Karichamundi, and Papelu Chamundi. Each of these deities has its own story but all of them carry the suffix Chamundi. Pilichamundi Pilichamundi is also known as a part of goddess Durga. “So she is equivalent to Jumadi Bhoota,” says Vivek Rai. By riding on a tiger, Aadishakti battled with Chanda and Munda. After defeating and killing them, she came to be known as Chamundeshwari. According to Vivek Rai, devotees who worship tiger as a family-god may have called it as a Pilichamundi. But some of the Paddanas tell another story on Pilichamundi. Kari Chamundi According to the story, ManjuPoonja, to escape from a gang of thieves, summon Pilichamundi. Greedy for money, the Baloli family give their family deity Pilichamundi to ManjuPoonja, as a result of which Manju Poonja face numerous troubles. Later, it is said that Pilichamundi acquired a ‘sthaanam’ and received a sword as its weapon. According to another paddana, a man named Obadeshi takes betel leaves from Nekare. Later, unable to tolerate their power, they started to give kolam to it. In Jainism, there is a name of Yakshi as ‘Chamunda’. Agni Chamundi Agni Chamundi is also known as Agni Chamundi Guliga. This deity loves fire, and fire is its food. That’s why people call it as Agni Chamundi Guliga. According to the paddana, a Brahmin girl named Mukambi marries Vasulla Bhatta at a very young age. Soon after their marriage, the whole land is affected by drought. So the couple plan to go to Kerala for Shanti Puja. On the way, Vasulla Bhatta tells Mukambi to go to her father’s home but she declines and follows him to Kerala. Naga Chamundi On reaching Kadambar Maiya’s area, Vasulla is told that Kerala was a dangerous place for girls. Kadamabar tells them he has seven daughter-in-laws and two forts. Kadambar offers to put-up Mukambi in one of his forts. Vasulla agrees and moves ahead. But tragedy strikes and Mukambi is raped by Kadambar, following which she prays to Guliga and commits suicide by jumping into a dam. Vasulla Bhatta comes to know about this through a dream induced by Guliga. In the dream, Vasulla comes running on hearing about the tragedy and sees Mukambi being on fire. Shocked, he too jumps into the fire and dies. Later, they are worshipped as deities came to be known as Agni Chamundi Guliga. Karichamundi Karichamundi is also called as Karichandi. Though details are vague and unclear, the paddana in Madappadi Karichamundi Kolam says that her father was god Kanallakatte and mother Nelavulla Sankhye. The same has been mentioned in the paddanas of Koragathaniya, who says that they were the parents of his mother Maire. “But in Kasargod and Bantwala, the paddana of Koragathaniya says that his mother Maire was a pigeon first later turned into a woman,” says Dr. Amruth Someshwar. So his mother may have been worshipped as Puda, Maire and also as Karichamundi. Rudra Chamundi Udraandi, Rudraandi are the other names of Rudrachamundi. According to a paddana, Rudra Chamundi was said to be born in between seven seas and seventy-seven serpents. But in a legendary epic, it is said that Shiradi Bhuta, a deity, had a follower named Rudrappa Gowda, who later came to be worshipped as Rudra Chamundi. Komaru Chamundi In Nadibailu, Icchlangodu and other places, a deity named Komaru Chamundi is worshipped. According to a story, Komaru hails from Baakuda family. Later, he was blessed by PiliChamundi and turned into a deity. Oli Chamundi Oli Chamundi has an attire made of coconut leaves. According to a story, a person who was loved by god came to be worshipped as Oli Chamundi. Hence the name Oli Chamundi. Oli Chamundi is also worshipped as Olipraandi. Naga Chamundi Naga Chamundi has a serpent in its ‘mudi’. In one of the paddanas, Moovage Vate says that while Pandavas jumped into the earth, five deities came out. They were Naga Chamundi, Moova, NagaBermer, and Raktheshwari. Papelu Chamundi This deity kills bad guys by making them vomit blood. That’s why it is famously known as Nettaru Muguli. According to a paddana, a thousand years ago in Charmadi Ghats, Vyagravahini Raktha Chamundi was getting down with Ramasetti, a Lingayat, with powers from Lord Shiva. On reaching Kaavu Thrimurthi temple, they decide to rest at the sthanam built by Appati and Eeratti, who were known for their just rule. Later, Ramasetti with his spiritual power leaves the body and becomes a deity known as PapeluChamundi. In places such as Kokkakillda, Kaavu, Belthangady, the deity is also called as Nettaru Muguli. Ali-Chamundi In the Kumble area, there is a place known as Aarikkadi, where Ali-Chamundi is very famous. According to a story, a Muslim named Ali began harassing women on arriving in the area. Implored by locals to save them from Ali, Chamundi hatches a plan and makes him vanish. Later, he came to be worshipped as Ali-Chamundi.