The Coorgs form a distinctive group in Karnataka. Their geographical situation
encouraged them to cling to old-world customs and manners. They are warlike
and lovers of freedom.
On ceremonial occasions, the Coorgs wear a traditional
dress. Their rituals require the use of both Kodagu language and Sanskrit.
Their customs have been under the influence of Hinduism for thousands
of years. More recently, they have come under the influence of Westernization.
Thus, in speech, dress, and food habits, the Coorgs show a fine blend
of East and West. They worship Ketrappa and Ayyappa, local variants of
Aryan gods. They go on pilgrimages, bathe in sacred rivers and worship
ancestors. The source of the River Kaveri is the most sacred place for
them. It is called Dakshina Ganga. Coorg had its associations with the
heroes and sages of ancient legends and the Puranas. The Kaveri Mahatme
is part of the Skanda Purana. The Lakshmana Tirtha, a tributary of the
river Kaveri, has its origin in Coorg. The Brahma Giri is sacred to the