Kannada Beera: The subedar who vanished

Kannada Beera: The subedar who vanished

Submitted by Kumuda on Wed, 2016-11-02 18:07 Near Kasargod, there is a place called Hosangadi, where a deity known as Dhoomavati is worshipped along with Kannada Beera.Kannada Beera is unique among Tulu daivas. Unlike other daivas, who wear costumes made of coconut leaves, Kannada Beera wears a dhoti. He also doesn’t wear any special makeup like others.According to a story, Kannada Beera hailed from Karnataka. He worked as a subedar during the British period.In Miyapadavu, a temple called Pollakaje belongs to a family of priests. One of the priests, Govinda Bhat, narrated an incident that he said occurred during his grandfather’s time.According to the story, the British sent two officers to the home of a priest due to some reason. On seeing the officers, the wife of the priest goes inside and informs her husband, who is performing puja, about the officers arrival.In Tulu Nadu, there is a culture of serving lunch to guests who arrive at noon. And the same thing happens here. The priest asks his wife to serve lunch to the two officers. The wife does as asked. After serving, she goes to the kitchen to bring water. When she returns, the woman, to her horror, notices that one of the two officers has disappeared. She could see his hair and nails but there is no body. Alarmed, the other officer takes to his heels.The officer who disappeared was Kannada Subedar (Officer from Karnataka). He had merged with the deity Dhoomavati. Later, he was renamed as “Kannada Beera” and worshipped along with Dhoomavati.This incident reportedly happened about 60-90 years ago. The patch of forest and a pond, where Kannada Beera reportedly was raised, falls in the land owned by Bennemane Gopala Krishna Bhat.