Festivals and celebrations play an important role in the Indian culture and it’s heritage. Most Indian festivals have it’s roots in religious disciplines imprinting social and cultural heritage.Pastorals and farmers along with their deities on the bank of Tungabhadra river
Pastorals and farmers along with their deities on the bank of Tungabhadra river
Common people’s Dasara during Vijayanagara Dynasty used to start two days prior to Royal Dasara of the Kings.
The king along with his family used to participate in the common people’s Dasara. This Dasara was celebrated towards the west from the kingdom at a distance of 5-6 furlong as recorded in Nuniz’s travelogue. This has been verified,
common people’s dasara was celebrated in Gudi hobbalapura which is located on the bank of Tungabhadra river, to the west of Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi. This dasara is still alive in these regions.
Present day Dharamaragudda or Kallaghata (Devaramala) still observes common people’s dasara. This Dasara brings the villagers from surrounding regions of Hampi. Pastorals and farmers can be seen participating along with their deities.
The first day of Vijayadashami, people assemble by the bank of the river Tungabhadra at Devaramala. From here they take the deities to have a dip in the holy water and then wrap the deities in new clothes.
Banni Tree Ritual
The deities are then carried to Banni tree. This tree is called “Devara banni”. People take the leaves of this tree and they distribute it in their village. This ritual spreads the message of equality. In accordance with this ritual a complete 9 days program has been documented.
folk performances of music, dance and other street shows
The deities from the temple are taken out on a procession along with the Bows and arrows and other tools of war and utility. During this processions there is a lot of folk performances of music, dance and other street shows. Another unique part of the celebrations is that the local muslim community also participates in the celebrations and rituals with same dedication and fervor. These rituals will be held every day of Dasara.
Surrounding Hampi, in the left bank of Tungabhadra there is another major deity, called Durgamma
temple which is located in Anne Gundi. Here also dasara festival of common people is followed.