Panjurli: The tale of a piglet that rose to become a revered bhoota

Panjurli: The tale of a piglet that rose to become a revered bhoota

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-12-17 11:11 Panjurli, like other bhootas, are revered in coastal Karnataka. It has a special significance in Tuluva culture and tradition. There are various forms of Panjurli bhootas including Malara Panjurli, Orte Panjurli, Varnara Panjurli, Potta Panjurli among others.The story of how Panjurli came into being is quite interesting. Folk tales have it that Lord Shiva was on his way to hunt and Goddess Parvathi accompanied him. Although, it was unwritten rule that women do not accompany men while hunting, Goddess Parvathi always had a mind of her own. So, she accompanied Lord Shiva. But, Shiva laid a condition to Parvathi. He told her don’t point out at anything, that you come across. She agreed.While they were going they saw two pigs named Gujjara and Kaali with their five piglets. Lord Shiva killed Gujjara. Terrified, Kaali ran away. Parvathi brought one of the five piglets along with her to Kailash. She kept it on the roof and tied it with a chain.One day, there was a function at Kailash and a huge crowd had gathered. During this time, the piglet released itself from the chain and entered the hall where the guests had gathered. It bit the leaf plates of others. Seeing this, Shiva was furious and cursed the piglet that it will go down to earth and will be revered as "Bhoota".Later, the piglet comes to earth in the form of Brahmin by crossing ghats and lands at Nelyadi Area. From where, Panjurliworship began and spread it to various places.