Friday, February 18, 2011

SALEKERI JAATRE

The second day of Salekeri Jaatre (Festival) has more activities......  More people attend the temple to worship and pray to deity...... DURGAPARAMESHWARI,......... VEERABHADRA......... and then entertaining themselves and the family with purchases, eatables...... though there is free lunch at the temple......
DAKKE BALI......


It is a rare place of Shakti worship, which has retained the age-old custom and practices, which trace their origin back to the Vedic Ages.
A family by name Vaidya, of Udupi District are mainly involved in the performance of Dakke Bali. Dakke is an instrument, which is played by vaidyaas as a hereditary art. Men dress up in a manner to symbolize Ardhanaari (half man & half woman). It is also said that they perform as Naaga Kannike. The role of Ardhanaari / naaga kannike is usually played by senior vaidyaas with the dakke instrument made of leather and bronze metal. This is played by the Vaidyaas in their hands, to invoke the spirits. They initially place the dakke in the Holy Place, pray and then play upon until the DARSHANA PAATRI of the place get possessed. With this possession they move around spherically during the worship. This is known as Dakke Bali.
RATHA UTSAV......

The deity is carried now in a RATHA......a decorated high wooden cart with four wheels, pulled by rope by people....... for a distance of about a km through the main street of Salekeri with pomp and pageantry .......  dance, music, acrobats, singing........and on the return people offer AARTHI........
Later in the night ...... YAKSHAGANA ...for entertainment..... the whole night dance ballet...... depicting a story from Mahabharatha,,,,,,
Fri, 18 Feb

1 comment:

  1. The ardhanaari dancer has been dancing for a very long time. I remember his face from the days I was there!!

    Cool to see you have updated with pics!! Are you using Windows Livewriter?

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