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Puthari – the Harvest Feast!  
December 6th, 2014 by Nitin Kushalappa, Mookonda

Puthari – the Harvest Feast!

The word Puthari comes from Puth Ari meaning ‘new rice’. It is the harvest festival of the people of Kodagu. Formerly, Puthari was a week long celebration. Paddy is harvested in the Kodava month of Birchyaar (around December, when the sun is in the zodiac sign of ‘Scorpio’) in Kodagu. Incidentally, Puthari is celebrated in North Malabar as well, three months prior to the Kodagu festival, because rice is harvested there in the month of Leo (around September).

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Kaveri Sankramana  
October 17th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

Kaveri Sankramana

The months of September, October and November are joyous months for the Kodavas – simply because it’s their festive season; making it time for mouth-watering food and family gatherings. The Kodavas celebrate Kail Polud in the month of September, Kaveri Sankramana in October and Puttari in the month of November-December. Read more

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Diversity in the Kodagu Land…  
September 20th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

Diversity in the Kodagu Land…

The beautiful land of Coorg is home not only to Kodavas, but to other communities as well. These are known by different names. These names come from the area of Coorg they are residing in, or from their occupation. Read more

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The Kodava Costume  
August 7th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

The Kodava Costume

Costumes, eating habits, beliefs, rituals, and body language are just some aspects which are largely influenced by a culture. Culture, indeed plays a huge role in shaping us, hence it won’t hurt to say that culture defines us. Read more

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So Who Are the Kodavas?  
July 30th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

So Who Are the Kodavas?

What do we know about the Kodavas? Apart from the fact that pork and rice is their staple diet and weapons play a major role in their sect. Also, the beauty of their land they come from leaves you enchanted. Not much, do we? So, who are these Kodavas? Read more

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Wondrous Coorg…  
July 14th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

Wondrous Coorg…

What is the first thing that appeals to one on visiting a new place? The view? The food? No, it’s the climate. The weather of a place plays a huge role in influencing ones mood, don’t you think? Read more

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Nalknad Palace – Hidden Treasure?  
June 7th, 2014 by Bavna Achayya

Nalknad Palace – Hidden Treasure?

Deep in the hills of Coorg, at the foot of the Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Coorg, lies the Nalknad palace, an outstanding beauty. It is one of the smallest “palaces” I have come by so far, but it has an aura about it. Read more

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‘Kakkada Padinett’- the Enigma of 18!  
May 23rd, 2014 by Diti Pujara

‘Kakkada Padinett’- the Enigma of 18!

Most rituals and festivities in Coorg are associated with ancestral traditions, and are observed with conviction and the sheer joy of celebration!  Annual rituals are observed according to a set time based on the Kodava calendar. Read more

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Kodava Cuisine: a Lavish Affair  
May 13th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

Kodava Cuisine: a Lavish Affair

The first thing that usually pops up in our mind when we speak of Coorg cuisine is pork, the ever famous Pandi Curry. But apart from Pandi Curry, there are other very popular dishes which delight the taste buds of not just the Kodavas but other ethnic communities too. Read more

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The Mystery Behind the Kodava Clan Name  
May 7th, 2014 by Meena G. Iyer

The Mystery Behind the Kodava Clan Name

Shakespeare once said – “What’s in a name?” Little did he realize, that a name or rather, the last name, can tell a lot about a person’s background. This particularly stands true in India. Read more

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