Kattingeri Village comes alive with the Janmashtami games

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By Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 06 September 2010: Though Janmashtami celebrations were over on 1st and 2nd September 2010, Shri Brahmalingeshwara Bhajan Mandali of Kattingeri, taking advantage of Sunday holiday organised Janmashtami games in the premises of Shri Brahmalingeshwara temple on 5th September 2010 from 2.30 pm to 6 pm. The Janmashtami games were attended by a large number of Kattingeri villagers. Men, women, youth and children whole heartedly participated in a variety of games.


First of all, Breaking the Pot with a stick by blindfolded competitors was organised for men as well as women. Among the men, Sunder Marne succeeded in hitting the pot and winning the prize. Among the women, the prize was shared by two- Shobha Hegde and Divya Poojary. The Three Legged Race which was meant only for men was won by Shakheel and Akheel. Race with Books on Head which was exclusively organised for women was won by Shobha Hegde.


The children were not left behind. Children below the age of 12 years tried their luck in drinking water through straw having many holes and emptying the glass of water faster than anyone else. This competition was won by Shashank. Among girls and women, the same competition was won by Ranjani. In the Musical Chair competition, Shobha Hegde got the first prize defeating fifteen other contenders. In the Treasure Hunt competition, Nalini Shetty succeeded in locating the hidden treasure in the premises of the temple.




The chief attraction of the entire Janmashtami games was the competition to climb the areca nut tree that was not only polished but also greased. Seven adventurous men tried their luck to conquer the slippery tree. After nearly one and a half hours of struggle, Ashok Edmeru finally succeeded reaching the top of the areca tree and winning Rs.1,500/- prize money. Devdas Hebbar, President of Shri Brahmalingeshwara Bhajan Mandali gave away the prizes to the winners in various games.


These Janmashtami games had been organised in the premises of Shri Brahmalingeshwara temple since around 25 years. However, in between, for some unavoidable reasons there was some lull in these games. Once again these games came to be revived since the last two years and there has been overwhelming response from most of the villagers as participants as well as spectators. Both men and women along with youth and children and people belonging to Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities enthusiastically participate in these Janmashtami games by which the Kattingeri village comes alive and everyone enjoys the fun and frolic of the atmosphere. The Janmashtami games in bright sunshine and pleasant breeze in the rural setting was something worth witnessing along with the villagers.


All the committee members of Shri Brahmalingeshwara Bhajan Mandali, especially the youth had meticulously planned and conducted the games efficiently under the guidance of Devdas Hebbar who feels that the youth should be given responsibility so that they can develop leadership qualities.



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suresh d acharya, udupi Fri, October-1-2010, 2:58
thank u bellevison for good coverage of this event.congrats devanna and your young team for arranging good programmes like this.
devadas hebbar, kattingeri Tue, September-7-2010, 11:44
thank u dr eugine belle vision.iam also greatful to ashok,haneef vallu.
Ashok Hebbar, Kattingeri/Fujairah Mon, September-6-2010, 2:12
Thanks to everybody for giving back of our childhood memories. We really missed all these , Thanks Devanna for your great effort in development of the village and all your social work . We raelly missed all these a lot.
Mohammed Hanif, Shirva / Kuwait Mon, September-6-2010, 1:41
Devanna Namskara,Baari khushi aand photo thoodu,Ashtamida dombudaani mulu kuldu yenkulu unde maatha patheronditthini,dumbu maldina gammath nenepumalthonditthini,nijavaad kattingeri da mann,neer,gaalid ehtonji moke, yethonji oggatt,, kattingerida janakuleda yethonji preethi vishwasa,,, thanks devanna eir mast hardwork malthondullar kattingerida abivraddig,dever ireg inchane yedde manass yedde arogya korad, boka yenna ajjilladalpada rastheda bele poora aande,bus yepa start devanna?baaki da maatha jawaneregla yenna namaskara,,, jawaner baari umed duller, thanks again,,, yaan kattingeri jamal saiberna pulli,,
Valerian Alva, Kattingeri Mon, September-6-2010, 12:31
This is the uniqueness and specialty of Kattingeri temple and the people of Kattingeri. Since my childhood I always participated in Temple activities and cultural programs. There is no any discrimination as people of all faiths Hindus, Christian and Muslims come together. The actual reason behind this is the true leadership of Mr.Devdas Hebbar. Great going Hebbar sir, wish you all the best
Naveen M., Moodubelle Sun, September-5-2010, 11:11
Well done guys.Thanks to you Deva for your motivation, guidance and support.
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