Regular guest!

Since several months now, we have a regular guest at our place. He comes in once in a while, say once every 10 days or so. The guest doesn’t demand any special treatment, nor does his he stay for long. He is satisfied with whatever he can lay his hands on ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, he doesn’t wait for the “hosts” to serve him. Today, I managed to take a few photos of him. Take a look.

Hanumantha Raya
Enjoying chana dal
Enjoying chana dal & bananas

He is now almost a regular on Dwadashis. I am happy to have this guest join us for Dwadashi Parane ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Dwadashi, he quietly sneaked in to our kitchen and made away with a bottle of groundnuts. This time, some chana dal we had kept for drying was happily taken. The guy is so particular about his food hygiene that he did not eat any of the dal that got spilled on the balcony. He only ate the stuff present in the plate! In the end, we also gave him a banana which he very carefully peeled and ate sitting on our balcony perch and then left.

Distances between…

Travelers may find this useful. Will update this more as and when I figure more distances. All distances approximate.

Bangalore – Mangalore (via Kunigal – Chennarayapatna – ย Hassan – Sakleshpura – Uppinangadi) : 360kms

Bangalore – Mysore : 140kms

Mysore – Madikeri (via Hunsur – Periyapatna – Kushalnagara): 120kms

Madikeri – Mangalore (via Sampaje – Sullya – Puttur – BC Road): 140kms

Mangalore – Udupi : 60kms

Udupi – Kundapur : 40kms

Mangalore – Dharmasthala (via Uppinangadi) : 70kms

Mangalore – Subramanya (via Uppinangadi): 90kms

Subramanya – Dharmasthala (via Gundya): 60kms

Madikeri – Subramanya (via Sampaje – Sullya – Puttur) : 120kms

Udupi – Bajpe (via Mulki – Kinnigoli): 55kms

Mangalore – Bajpe (via Mulki – Kinnigoli): 30kms

Aati Kalenja – A Tulunadu Tradition

Aati Kalenja is a fast disappearing Tulunadu tradition. It is believed in Tulunadu that the spirit Kalenja comes down to Parashurama Kshetra during the month of Aati (July-Aug : rainy season) to protect people from diseases, as insects and bacteria are bound to be more during this time. A certain section of people belonging to the Nalike tribe dress up as Kalenje, invoke the spirit and go around villages assuring people of good health and in turn collecting some rice, coconut etc.

It is an amazing tradition, just like the Bhuta Kola, Yakshagana and other Tulunadu traditions. I found an excellent documentary in Youtube on Aati Kalenja. It is a really good 9 minute capsule which covers all aspects of Aati Kalenja. It has commentary in English so you wouldn’t find it difficult to follow. Plus, if you understand Tulu, there is a really good background song in this documentary ๐Ÿ™‚