Kunhi bhuta: The little girl who disappeared

Kunhi bhuta: The little girl who disappeared

Submitted by alvin on Sun, 2016-12-04 09:28 There are a few bhutas known for their miracles in Tulu Nadu. One of them is Kunhi bhuta. A sub-deity worshipped along with Annappa Swami, Kunhi bhuta is worshipped in Puttur's Kabaka Baipady House. According to a folk story, Kunhi was born to a Malekudiya couple. As per the Malekudiya tradition, on sixteenth day after giving birth, the mother takes a holy bath following which the baby is put to cradle. The couple name the baby girl Kunhi. When Kunhi turns 12, she starts menstruating. On the fourth day of her period, she goes to take bath in a pond known as Alikallu. At about the same time, a ritual Kolam to Annappa Swami is being held. According to the story, the bhuta sees Kunhi and makes her disappear following which she came to be worshipped as a deity. Kunhi bhuta wears a sari. In reality, she may have drowned while bathing or she may have been killed. When kids take ill, they go and worship Kunhi. As Kunhi was a small girl, they appease her by offering milk to her while worshipping in Kolam.