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Paddy sheaves being taken home in Kodagu on Monday.
Madikeri: Puthari, the harvest festival, was celebrated with traditional fun and gaiety across Kodagu on Monday night.
Men and women dressed in traditional attire, along with children, marched to the paddy fields and brought home the first paddy sheaves, which was symbolic of goddess Lakshmi coming home. People in parts of Virajpet taluk cut paddy sheaves on Monday morning.
Firecrackers were burst, and delicacies such as “tambutt”, “kalinji” and “pudiyakki payasa” (porridge made of new rice) were prepared.
A large number of people gathered at the paddy fields of the University of Agriculture Sciences here to take home paddy sheaves. Puthari was celebrated at the Madikeri Kodava Samaja and other Kodava samajas in the district. Kodagu Gowda Samaja and its units in Kodagu too celebrated the festival. Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy president Rani Machaiah and members took part in the celebrations at Mathur near Ponnampet. Members of the Pandira family organised “Puthari Kolatt” at the Gaddige here on Tuesday. It was organised in association with Sri Omkareshwar Temple Management Committee under the Muzrai Department. This was in tune with the practice of “Puthari Kolatt” performed during the times of the former rulers of Kodagu at the fort.
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