Saturday, 14 September 2013

KAVERI Theerthodbava to take place on October 17 2013 at 4.35 pm



Madikeri:
 
DC directs officials to make arrangements
Theerthodbava will take place at Talacauvery on October 17 at 4.35 pm, said Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathanarayana Gowda.

 
Speaking at a meeting on Thursday, he directed the officials to make all preparations for the Tula sankramana fair. Last year, the responsibility of Theerthodbava was on the shoulder of Talacauvery-Bhagamandala Punar Prathishtapana committee. However, this year, everyone should join hands with the district administration in making the programme a success.

He said district-level officials should actively take part in the Tula sankramana. PWD, Zilla Panchayat engineering division, police, forest department Chescom, health department play a vital role in the success of Theerthodbava.

He directed PWD and Zilla Panchayat engineers to repair the road which lead to Bhagamandala by October 15. Barricades must be installed in Talacauvery.
DC directed DySP J D Prakash to make arrangement for the security, parking facilities in Talacauvery and Bhagamandala. Vehicle passes must be issued.

As large number of devotees visit Talacauvery and Bhagamandala on October 17 and 18, Chescom should provide uninterrupted power supply, he added.

Priority should be given to maintain cleanliness in Talacauvery-Bhagamandala. Washing of clothes, vehicles at Triveni sangama should not be allowed, he said.

DC directed temple committee to provide drinking water, space and other facilities for the distribution of food.

Temporary toilets must be constructed in Bhagamandala-Talacauvery. He directed DHO Dr Shivaram to provide ambulance, medical facilities at the spot.




Ban on liquor


Speaking on the occasion Akhila Kodava Samaja President Mathanda C Monnappa said Cauvery Sankramana is a holy moment for the people of the district. He appealed to the DC to ban the sale of liquor on October 17 and 18. Responding to it, he said sale of liquor will be banned from October 17, 6 am to October 18  at 6 pm in and around Bhagamandala.

Ban on plastic

DC directed Gram Panchayat Secretary to ban plastic in Talacauvery-Bhagamandala. Government will provide Rs 2 lakh towards Tula sankramana fair. Temple will provide a sum of Rs 6 lakh towards providing drinking water and publicity.

Talacauvery-Bhagamandala temple Punar Prathishtapana Committee honourary secretary G Rajendra said priority must be given for deploying additional buses, uninterrupted power supply and maintenance of cleanliness in the region.
ZP CEO Mirja Akbarulla said every gram panchayat will take up the responsibility of decorating the road from Madikeri to Bhagamandala. 


Zilla Panchayat Executive Engineer Keshavamurthy said that temporary arrangements will be made to provide drinking water at the venue.

Madikeri CMC President P D Ponnappa said if health department takes up the responsibility of construction and maintenance of temporary toilets, then personnel will be deployed by the CMC.

Additional DC Chandre Gowda, AC Akrampasha and others were present.
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Source- DH News Service

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Kakkada Padhinett | Kakkada 18 in Kodagu / Coorg



Kakkada is a month in the Kodava calendar falling between July 17th and August 16th during the monsoon season amid heavy downpour, biting cold and dark cloud cover.

On the 18th day of kakkada, a sweet dish is prepared using the juice of a particular variety of plant called ‘maddh thopp’ which yields a dark purple juice when crushed. The juice is darkest during ‘kakkada’, indicating that its medicinal value is at its height. The dish is called ‘maddh kool’. It is believed that the plant has 18 kinds of medicinal values on the 18th day of ‘kakkada’. It is a tradition for every household to make ‘maddh kool’ on the 18th day of ‘kakkada’.

Kakkada is nothing but Ashada of the Kannadigas, Aati of the Tulvas and Aadi of the Tamils. The 18th day of Kakkada month is celebrated as the festival pertaining to Ayurvedic herbs. Kakkada month in Kodava calendar in Coorg, is one considered of the significant and auspicious days. aati soppu, kakkada paayasa

On the 18th day of “Kakkada” month, “maddhu soppu” a wild herb’s leaves are said to contain 18 varieties of herbal medicine as the plants emit a sweet aroma only on that day. Maddhu soppu is plucked and boiled in water to get the aromatic juice which will be in dark violet colour. Cakes and sweet porridge is prepared from this juice and consumed.

‘Kakkada koli' and ‘madd payasa' are the delicacies prepared on this day

How to Prepare “ madd toppu” or “ aati soppu” or “Kurunji toppu
-          On the 18th day of the “ Kakkada” month, these leaves are said to be replete with 18 types of herbal medicines. They are plucked and soaked (some boil it) in water to extract the aromatic juice, which is thick and dark violet in colour. Women make cakes or sweet porridge out of the mix. Surprisingly, on the 18th day of “ Kakkada” , the plants start emitting a sweet and unique aroma that is not found on the plants prior to or after the 18th day. The traditional beliefs and social mores are very strong in Kodagu.

More on ‘Madd Toppu’: “Madd Toppu” (Justicia betonica) as it is called in Kodava parlance (“Aati Soppu” in Kannada) belongs to the family Acanthaceae, are 1.5 m tall plants, laves oblanceolate, acute, glabrous, petiole attenuate with blade 2.2–2.8 cm long. The plants are commonly found wild throughout the district, and some grow this at home. These are rich in saponins, vitamins, sugars, quinines, etc. The pinkish-violet extract that is obtained from boiling the leaves is separated and made into porridge, called “Madd Payasa,” in households on the 18th day of the Kakkada month. It is effective against fever, skin disease, ulcers, wounds, fracture, leucorrhoea, and few other diseases.

Kakkada in Coorg is a time to feast. Special dishes like mushroom and bamboo shoot curry (kanile curry), Crab curry are also preapared. As monsoon is the time when people fall sick due to cold usually these foods help to increase immunity and maintain body temperature.
















Sources:
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