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Kodial Theru 'Okkul josh' goes high the traditional way


MANGALURU: “How is the Bhaang? High Sir!!” read a T-shirt that an ‘amchegele cherko’ sported at avabritha aka ‘Kodial Theru Okkul’ rituals of Sri Veera Venkatesh, the presiding deity of Sri Venkataramana Temple (SVT) on Wednesday. However, with SVT control successfully pulling the plug on having a DJ and water tanker for the event, and fending off any situation that would lead to ladies being uncovered to indecency, the ‘prime’ of the ‘bhaang’ was once restricted to such catchy slogans on T-shirts and no longer on the ‘okkul’.
Strict tips have been applied by way of the SVT control at the occasion. Mellifluous bhajans performed at the temple PA method which wafted across Car Street, and remixed numbers weren't allowed to be blasted via prime voltage tune systems. Absence of water curtains and water tankers on the Car Street sq. in front of the temple intended the entire okkul rituals was once down to folks smearing every different with colors and kids shooting every different with water squirt weapons.

This change in okkul eco-system intended to restore traditional aspect of this ritual that marks the tip of the five-day car competition of the temple, intended that homemakers corresponding to Rashmi Prabhu from Mannagudda may just enjoy the ‘native holi’ with none apprehensions. For Arya and Aryan, UKG and LKG scholars from Amrutha Vidyalaya, the event was once an initiation right into a time-tested custom where ‘gulal’ is smeared at the face to celebrate ‘okkul’.


The sight of 2-year-old Drithi trying to squirt Narasimha,four, along with her water gun, and the ‘older’ Narasimha deftly dodging her ‘assaults’ introduced smiles no longer just on faces of their moms, but to all those that watched their antics with amusement. Rashmi said a change at school and placement intended that her kids Aryan and Arnav may just take part in the okkul after a very long time. Aryan had a ball daubing reluctant Arnav’s face with colors.


At the other end of the age-spectrum, the okkul was once without its standard prime for the likes of Samrudh, an engineering pupil. An ordinary to okkul since his adolescence, Samrudh said, “Okkul is a large bore with no need a DJ and water tankers!” Incidentally, the T-shirt he sported read – ‘Okul Kelu Yehachi, Bhang Lekari Kayachi’ (Come to Play Okkul, Consume Bhang inside of limits), reflecting the entertainment value than religious value the event has for the following generation.


Senior heart specialist Ok Mohan Pai enjoyed the event together with his grandchildren, whilst a gaggle of enthusiastic youth danced in front of the ‘big theru’ to the synchronised beating of ‘Kerala Chende’. Amidst the low key ‘okkul’, youth took pleasure in ‘ambushing’ their unsuspecting buddies with colors and thwarting their makes an attempt to keep away from the coloured water balloons coming their approach. In the meantime, quite a lot of daily rituals went on as standard throughout the temple.




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