Kachhe Bhatta: The Brahmin bhuta of Bellare

Kachhe Bhatta: The Brahmin bhuta of Bellare

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-11-12 11:42 A characteristic of Tulu’s bhuta worship is that it doesn’t discriminate: all religions and communities are treated equally. Here, many Brahmins, too, have achieved divinity and are now worshipped as bhutas. Kachhe Bhatta is one such Brahmin who is worshipped as a deity among Tulus. Kachhe Bhatta is also known as Kule. In Bellare, there is a Kote Mundugaru Temple where an annual ritual known as ‘kolam’ is held to appease Kule/Kachhe Bhatta bhuta. This bhuta doesn’t have any stories or even folk verses to shed light on its origin. As the name suggests, this bhuta’s attire consists of a lungi (kacche) and a headwear made of cloth draped around his head. He also, as all Brahmins do, wears a ‘janiwaara’ or sacred thread. Another unique aspect of this bhuta is that it offers its blessings in Kannada. Kachhe Bhatta is worshipped alongside Raktheshwari. In Kumbalagodu and Putya provinces, a deity known as Bhatti is worshipped. According to a story, Bhatti steals a cucumber offered to the deity known as Ullakulu. Enraged, Ullakulu makes Bhatti disappear and turns him to a deity. It is also commonly believed that Bhatti is none other than Kacche Bhatta.