Kundapur: Day-long training held for Kambala buffaloes at Bolamballi

Silvester D’Souza

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Oct 13: Kambala has its own special place in the lives of the people living in coastal Karnataka. In addition to the folklore and religious significance attached to them, Kambalas also are meant to entertain the farmers and inculcate adventurism. Even though Kambala has of late been losing the traditional base, its significance has not been dented. Along with retaining the traditional flavour of devotion and religious orientation, it has been marching ahead on the modern base by taking upon a competitive form.

Kambalas are held in large numbers in Byndoor and surrounding places. They are held because of religious needs and faiths attached to them. Even now we can see 18 to 20 Kambalas being held near Byndoor. One of the traditions that has been well established happens to be the training being given to the Kambala buffaloes during Navaratri.

The trial for the Kambala a month before the new Kambala season begins, is held in a specified spot. On a day every Navaratri, Kambala buffaloes get training at Bolamballi in Byndoor taluk in the slushy field. This year's training session was held on Tuesday October 12.

Even though Kambala is a show of adventurist mindset of the farmers, they are equally supported by religious backgrounds. Kambalas are held in the form of service to Daivas and in order to appease them. Kambala starts after the Sankramana day in November. This training is given to the buffaloes which have rested for eight months after the end of the previous season.

Training is held in the three sections, Hagga, Negilu and Gori. This provides a forum for training not only for the animals but also other jockeys. Veteran jockeys also provide information, guidance and advice to junior jockeys here. As several expert jockeys participate in the training, the new jockeys get a lot of information and egg them on to achieve more.

After the buffaloes are led to the Kambalagadde house, the hospitality extended is received, the buffaloes go around the Tulsi Platform in perambulatory path and then other preparations including the tying of the yoke are done as per set practices. The buffaloes of Srirama Chaitra Parameshwar Bhat Bolambali and Sasihitlu Venkata Poojary participated. Several Kambala jockeys got training in different sections.

Because of Covid, last year, only a few Kambalas were held. The season was not very good for the jockeys and buffalo owners. People sincerely hope that this year the season will be promising for the Kambala fans.

Parameshwar Bhat, owner of the Kambala buffaloes, says that the buffaloes are allowed into the Kambala field after the puja of the pond. The training is held in three rounds, he said. Mahesh Poojary Byndoor said that his buffaloes take part in Kambalas held even as far away as Mangaluru, Puttur and Uppinangady. He says that he wants to take part in 15 to 18 Kambalas this year.













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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Some pair of Buffaloes do not seem to be well taken care . Animals frame is clearly visible . Need to be fed will. Guys are having tough muscular body structure ! Nice back ground lush green .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Please take care of these Girls ...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    The people who run these buffaloes have to be beaten with the same stick they use to beat the poor buffaloe....almost all those who are taking part in kambala are supporters of saffron party...when you are protecting so much about the cow what about buffaloe? is it also not an animal? why you people beat it so badly only for you to stand and enjoy the fun?...it is high time this kambala should be banned or beating should not be allowed...only hands should be used to tap and make the poor animals run.

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  • Vinyas Rai, Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    When few people slaughter and eat the buffaloes where is your voice? People who slaughter buffaloes must me slaughtered in the sane way

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    hmm....mirchi lagi....i am saying this because people like you protest and make big noise about cattle saying that you are the protectors of gomatha..though most of you eat it secretly..so I was saying why it does not apply to PITA? when it is applied for Matha?

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  • Chandravadhan Surathkal, Kudla

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Those slaughter the animals in a very barbaric way should restrain from making such comments, in that note they also need to be slaughtered the way, butchers would not understand the love showered to the buffaloes through out the year by the their owners, nurture like their own children, some people have even built swimming pools for the animals, installed air conditioners in their sheds

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    the point i was trying to make the two-faced, fake, hypocritic approach of you people...for us all animals are creation of god and are to be eaten...but what you people say is that cattle is Matha and what about this? do you beat your matha? when you want to have fun you forget your own values.. that is what I was stressing....like Jallikattu..this is also a sport where animals are mercilessly beaten...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    Kujumaji hii....valid points you put up here. Its painful to go through this game for some its enjoyment.......But, ooops unable to see the beatings. ..head reels....poor animals.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    you understood my point behen...but the community which is mostly involved in this sport and also kori katta and jugari did not get my point..what to do? the poor buffaloes will be beaten black and blue just for these guys to enjoy...now even girls are brought in this...how merciless those girls must be...generally females have kind heart..PETA should step in and stop this

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  • Vinyas Rai, Bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    First let some community stop eating beef

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  • Vinyas Rai, Bengaluru

    Fri, Oct 15 2021

    Unable to see people eat beef

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Thu, Oct 14 2021

    No doubt it is a beautiful "Kambla" Game played in villages all over our loving Nation of India ! We Bless those people for entertaining all village folks at least for a few days in a year and Thank the Almighty for granting us all the time for it !!!

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