The story behind the worship of Parava bhuta

The story behind the worship of Parava bhuta

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-11-27 17:11 In Dakshina Kannada’s Sullia, a bhuta named Parava, who belongs to the Parava community, is worshipped. This is the story about how Parava got his divine powers.Chikmulli Ballala was the ruler of Chikmulli (samsthaanam), which is near Guttigaru, a place in Sullia. In Guttigaru Mogra Chaavadi, one can still find the tomb of Chikmulli Ballala.According to a story, Parava loses his parents while he is still young. So he is looked after by King Chikmulli Ballala, who has no child of his own.Several years later, when the king is killed in a war, there is no one to perform his funeral. So Parava comes forward and performs the funeral using timber from a jackfruit tree.Anguished over the king’s death, a grieving Parava feels the futility of going on. And so he jumps onto the king’s funeral pyre and dies.Parivara NayakaAccording to Gopalakrishna Bhat Mogral, Parava and Parivara Nayaka are two bhutas which are worshipped in Mogral. Bhat says that Parivara, also a minister, sacrificed his life along with Parava. Later, the two came to be worshipped as bhutas.