Story Of ‘PADRE JUMADI BANTA’

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Though we worship Daiva’s an ancient ritual prevalent since generations till date, we hardly know their complete grounds.
Here’s an attempt to briefly narrate the complete story of one such powerful Daiva ‘PADRE JUMADI

Legend of Padre Jumadi Banta:

Badanga Baidya, a humble and sincere person from Padre had gone to Baila Boodu – near Bajpe, to leave his sister to her husband’s house.
As it was getting dark, he decided to stay there overnight. That night he witnessed the Nemotsava of Daiva Jumadi Banta in Baila Boodu – the first place of Daiva Jumadi.
At once, the thought came in Badanga Baidya’s mind was “Wish I had a chance to worship such a powerful Daiva at my place..!”.
Impressed by the devotion of sincere and truthful devotee Badanga Baidya, Daiva Jumadi Banta followed him and came to Padre.

During those days, Devotion was more important than decorations done to please god, Badanga baidya started worshiping Daiva Jumadi Banta under a Toddy Palm tree, in a bush of thorns, with earthen diyas and water kept in earthen pot. This was seen by Deranna Nandipaal and Dugganna Alva, two brothers from Padre Chavadi house, when they were on their way to Mulki (nearby village). Assuming Badanga Baidya is worshiping some evil power, they kicked the diya and the water kept.

As a result, the buffaloes tied in their house escaped from cow-house and started running towards West. When the brothers saw this and started following the buffaloes, they saw these buffaloes running around the Surathkal Sadashiva Mahaganapathi temple and eventually jumping into sea. The buffaloes came out of sea near Mukka Mithrapatna and disappeared near Mukka Gadupadu place. The two stones present at that place still indicate this event. This is the place where ‘Beerda Kola’ (Gadupadu Nema of Daiva Jumadi Banta) happens every year.
Regretting the loss of Buffaloes, the brothers gathered the villagers at Surathkal Sadashiva Mahaganapathi temple and prayed that, “We will build a Devasthana if it’s a God, Daivasthana if it’s a Daiva” and begged mercy for the mistake committed. On returning to their Padre Chavadi house from temple, they saw the buffaloes in their cow-house and were mesmerized by this.

They realized that the Daiva worshiped by Badanga Baidya is really powerful and they built a Daivasthana as promised. Later it was known that the Daiva is none other than “Jumadi Banta”. From then Nemothsava and other timely worshiping activities started happening in Padre.

As time followed, Daiva Jumadi Banta insisted their paraphernalia (‘Bhandara’) procession to arrive from a distant place in a grand manner. A coconut was thrown by Jumadi Banta from Padre to determine the place for current ‘Bhandara Mane’ in Mukka, from where paraphernalia procession leaves to Padre Daivasthana during every ritual of Padre Jumadi Banta.

Padre Daivasthana observes 3 days of various rituals during annual ‘Nemothsava’.
On the first day, paraphernalia of ‘Daiva Jumadi banta’ will arrive in procession at Padre Chavadi, from Mukka ‘Bhandara Mane’.

‘Garuda’ will be hoisted symbolising beginning of fest.
Second day, the actual Nemothsava will happen. The three Bandi’s (wheels of the chariot of Jumadi Banta Daiva), 1st Bandi representing Jumadi Daiva on an Elephant, 2nd bandi of Horse for Jumadi Banta and 3rd Bandi of Varaha for Daiva Jumadi will be pulled by the devotees to Bakimaru Gadde (Paddy field where ‘Chendu’ tradition takes place), where Daiva Jumadi meets the Daivaraja Babbu.

Third day, ‘Garuda’ will be lowered symbolising the end of Nemotsava. After Pooja, Bhandara (paraphernalia) will be returned to Bhandara House.

“These rituals followed by the Ancestors are still continued”.

This is the overall three days program of Padre Jumadi Banta Daiva Nemothsava in brief.

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