Guns & Kodavas – The Rite of Passage

 
It is also an established custom among the natives to clothe every male child when only three years old with a kumberbund, at the age of seven they assume the Kuttee and at twelve carry a matchlock. Read More

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Interview with Kaveri Ponnapa, author of the book The Vanishing Kodavas

Brief Summary
Wherever they came from, the Kodavas decided to stop and make their home in the rugged hills of Kodagu, or Coorg. The land of Kodagu, with its wild, beautiful hills, streams, dense forests, abundant wildlife and flora, and the source of the river Kaveri was home to the Kodavas, as well as a number of forest-dwelling tribes, since time immemorial. Read More

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The Coorg Ballad – I Am A Mountaineer

Image: 19th Century Coorg(Kodava), BMA C-30.69.030
The Ballad was sung by young Coorgs(Kodavas) during the Kailpodh Festival. I have put it as documented by Richter, with edits.
[quote style=”1″]To the taste of “Young Coorg” the Kaylmurta is the most glorious of all festivals and the popular song of the Coorg Mountaineer does full justice to this sentiment. Read More

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The Sleeping Kings

Doddavirarajendra, the most famous of the Haleri rulers of Coorg chose his final resting place on a leveled hilltop at the northern end of Madikeri town. Enclosed by high mud embankments, is a pair of elegant tombs, known as Gaddige, amongst the most memorable monuments in Coorg. Read More

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A Romance In The Forest

The Marriage Pavilion of Doddavirarajendra and Mahadevamma
Doddavirarajendra, the swashbuckling 18th century Rajah of Coorg was the most famous ruler of this tiny, erstwhile kingdom. Read More

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Princess Gouramma and her Goan Origins

Princess Victoria Gowramma of Coorg(La Princesse Victoria Gouramma De Coorg) Image: https://www.antique-prints.de
Yeah, you read the title right. But I am not the one trying to claim anything near. That is by one Udayraj Gadnis in an article titled: “Lost Goan Treasure” in TOI by Shruti Pandit. Seems Mr. Read More

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Tuluva Kingdom and Kodava Inscription ?

Image: Vittal from Google Maps Grab. Vittal is around 100 kms from Madikeri
There is an interesting article in The Hindu about the Vittala(Vittal) Kingdom in Mangalore and its descendents the Heggade Family. The article provides information about the erstwhile Vittala Kingdom, its lineage, palace and customs. Something very interesting to note is that it has a Kodava connection. Read More

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Portrait of Chikka Veera Rajah, the last King of Coorg

The  portrait is of  Chikka Veera Raja( also known as Chikka Veera Rajendra/Veerarajendra Wadiar), ca 1805. Read More

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Nari Mangala (Tiger Wedding). Marrying the soul of the Tiger

The groom(seated left) is Coluvanda(Koluvanda) Cariappa. Engraving by Captain Robert Belford Cummins.
A Tiger Wedding in Coorg, India
From: The Illustrated London News
December 6, 1873
The small province of Coorg, in Southern India, is situated among the mountains that separate Mysore from the Malabar coast to the west. Read More

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Portrait of Princess Mooda Maji of Coorg

The portrait is of Princess Mooda Maji ( or perhaps Princess “Muthamma” ), the second daughter of Dodda Virajendra, the Raja of Coorg  and the architect of the Coorg victory against the Mysorean army of Tipu Sultan, who ruled from 1788 to 1809. This is the only know portrait of the Princess of Coorg.
The potrait was auctioned at Sothebys on 16 Apr 2008. Read More

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