Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fairs and Festivals

Navaratri or Nadahabb

This festival starts on Bhadrapad Amavasya and continues for about 10 days. On the 9th day weapons, implements of labour etc. are offered worship. On the 10th day which is known as Vijayadashami, the deities of Shidlingappa and Hanuman are taken to the Banni tree in front of Shidlingappa temple. The tree and the sword of the village servants are offered worship by the Police Patil and then the Police Patil cuts a branch of the Banni tree with the sword. This is followed by the exchange of Banni leaves by all the persons who have gathered there. The Banni leaves symbolise Gold and with the exchange of such gold, all past differences, animosities etc. are expected to be forgotten. On this day they arrange special dances by Vagayyas at Sri. Billadeva temple where the deities of Hanuman and Shidlingappa are taken. The following day some people are fed at this temple.