Mangalore: Aati Brings in Renewal of Spirit and Health

Mangalore: Aati Brings in Renewal of Spirit and Health

Brijesh Garodi
Pics: Kishore B C Road / Ramesh Pandith
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore

Mangalore, Jul 19: Tulunadu, a creation of Parushram, is a land of rich heritage and culture.  The cultural traditions of the district are closely associated with the local weather and nature. The monsoon season, named Aati, is one of them.

Ages ago, aati was a month that was the toughest among all the others. The main reason for this is the heavy rain, that restricts people to come out of their homes, says M K Kukkaje, a scholar. It is a time for farmers to take rest after the sowing season for paddy in the field.

The month of Aati is special in many ways. It normally arrives in the month of July and August.  Rainfall occurs in its full glory during this time of the year. Mother Nature is seen at its greenest at this time.

No auspicious events are organised in this month. With heavy rain and no proper work for people, it feels like a month of total rest, especially for the farmers.

The only feast celebrated during this month is Nagara Panchami. As per Hindu tradition, people worship the serpent god, Naga with zest. One visits one's native place to offer milk and other offerings to Naga. Serving food for the departed souls and praying for their eternal peace is also observed during the month of Aati.

Aati Amavasye, a  day which comes in the month of aati is very famous. People drink Paleda Ketteda Kasaya (a medicinal drink prepared out of the bark of a tree). Almost all people drink this medicine irrespective of religion. It is said that this medicine has high antibiotic powers and can prevent diseases for almost a year.

Aatida Thammana and Aati Kullunu is another tradition that was followed earlier. A newly married bride was sent to her native during this season and her groom’s family that used to go to get her back, would be given a royal treat (thammana).

When one hears this name 'aati', the main thing that comes to mind is the special food items that are prepared in this month. The most popular ones are Uppad pacchil, Santhani, Appala, Kanile, tevu, tajank, kukkuda mambala, gonkuda mambala, kerengda balaga, pacchilda balaga, kaatkene and many more to mention. These are not only food items, but have medicinal powers in them.

At the same time, the season is also conducive to insects and pests to breed.  So man is more prone to sickness this season.  It is with this regard, that man starts pleading and pleasing nature to be considerate towards him.  This is termed as the the origin of the Aati Kalenja cult in Tulunadu.

Aati Kalenja is a tradition which has a connection with weather and changes in the nature which occur from on a regular basis. This rich tradition is gradually disappearing from Tulunadu nowadays. One can see this folk dance only in the interior pockets of Tulunadu, during Aati days. There may be various reasons for this.

But it has been noticed and we are experiencing that modern days have failed to keep alive and continue the traditions of yore.  It might have to do with our attitude of taking nature for granted. Unless some serious efforts are made by the present generation to preserve and nurture these kinds of rich traditions, the future populace will be nothing but a hi-tech generation which will have hardly any contact  with nature.

The lifestyle of people has changed to such an extent, that today the occurrence of aati is totally ignored. It  remains an unknown concept, especially in the urban areas.

The rich tradition of Aati Kalenja is missing, except in a few remote villages outside the city limits. No Aati thammana anywhere. The programme is being conducted in a couple of places as a significance of the aati month, but it remains just a one-day play.

People remain devoted to  Naga even till today, hence Nagara Panchami is celebrated in almost every place where the existence of the serpent god is sensed. 


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  • Abdul Khayyum Mir, Jeppu / Sohar -Oman

    Fri, Aug 09 2013

    From last 20 years , I missed this Kashaya, Our family used to collect this Kashaya early morning 6 am from Dambehouse-Farm , (Pumpwell,Near Lionel Fernandes Bridge) back side of pumpwell circle,, those were the days of golden moments

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    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Before taking make sure that it is of Paleda maratha Kasaya.

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur - Jeddah KSA

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Awesome AATI Month and the tredition of Enklena Mokeda Tulunadu. The non-stop and missing of ithis season for the past 17 years my eyes started raining heavily. Paaleda Barks my Father used to bring in the earliest morning with no wearing clothes (I was told that this is again one more awesome tredition) and my mother used to prepare Paaleda Kashaaya from it and we used to drink it in a dried "coconut tippi" as we hardly saw any drinking glasses in our house those golden days. I have no words further to this such a GEM kind of Aati month and I stand and selute our ancestors, parenst and last but not the least "MY MOKEDA TULUNADU".

    I have written some lines in respect of my Kudla:

    Enkle Udalda
    Bari Mokeda
    Saarva Janikerna Porlu Kudlaye
    Serva Jaatin
    Bajid Jinjaina
    Tulunadda Namma Kudlaye

    Kudlad Malla Malla Bonddaye
    Barsad Barpundu atta Neerda Bollaye
    Taaj Mahld tikkund atta Buscuit Ambade
    Koti-Chennayerna Kenundu Chandde.

    Kudlada Parimala Manned puttudina niklena Mokeda

    Lancy Moras
    Bajjodi, Kudla

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  • Laxmidas M, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Missing those days when my mom used to wake me up early morning on this special day to get some bark from the three. Although I was not intrested to go cause later we all at home have to drink kaipe kaipe drink, still i used to go every year just to make my mom happy...Cheers..

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Inna/Hyderabad

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Can some one please let me know, which temple is this?. Where is it located

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    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Thanks For Daiji Team,i m missed Aati Amavasya last 8 years...but todays day is memorable day."Samastha Tulunada Janatheg Aati Amavasyeda Subhasayagalu "

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Refreshing my younger age where we used collect the bark of 'Paleda Ketthe' before the sunrise,a fashion,a tradation a memorable moment.Thanks Daiji for the great pictures, nice to watch all together.We are all scattered but our heart still it is Tulunadu.

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 19 2012


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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 19 2012




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  • Rohith Shetty, Hebri / London

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    our poiltician's need this badly...

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    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Wishing all happy Aati Amavasya . . .

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  • Greeshma Karmar, Padi/Duabi

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    I miss all the culture and tradition which happens during the month of Aati, we are so ignorant when we are in our home town, but when we are away from our home land we really miss those culture and tradition.
    I miss Tulunadu.

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  • paddu, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    I missed Paledha kettedha kasaya and pathrodye.Jai ho Aatida amavasye

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  • Ramdas, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    No Tea, No Coffee.. Only Paaleda Kashaaya

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    I missed it this year... kaipe kaipe....

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  • Brijlal Dindayal Sharma, Sirsi/Lucknow

    Thu, Jul 19 2012

    Last year I had Paleda Ketteda Kasaya in my father's home. This year eejee. People drink one full glass of it.

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