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bjaypee
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:06 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hello Ramachandran,

Great info beautifully described. I have added your info in my post above as well as in http://badaga.wordpress.com

Pl keep up your good work and educate us more about our community.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The next HETHE HABBA is on the 31 Dec 2007 [Monday - Sovara]

The last Hethe Habba was on the 08 Jan 2007

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Anna,

Thanks for the valuable info. This enables people like us plan in advance. Many times, we have to wait for last minute dates and schedules get messed up, later regret having not been there. Hope we can have a Badaga Habba Calendar as well in future.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

As per my knowledge Hethai habba starts on 24th December Monday

Monday - Kairbetta,Haalkeru

Wednesday - Beragani

Friday - Madihada

Saturday - Kakkareyan Bettu( Beragani)

Sunday - Beragani,Kookal,Bandhimai

Monday - Peddala,Jagadhala
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

HI

I know many hatty celebrate hetthai jhabba at different times.

Starting from 31 DEc to January , places like Nunthala, beragani , jagatha and many more..

As for all , would be happy if some one could collate the dates and send it to all ,, thus we can manage vacations as well..


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

bjaypee wrote:
2nd Jan, 2007 . I have added some pics of 'Hethai Habba' here www.badaga.in / http://badaga.wordpress.com/

Hethai Habba is always after the full moon (paurnami - HUNNAWAY ) on a MONDAY that falls in HEMMATTI (Badaga ) month or (Tamil) Margazhi month or (English) December/January month, that is the 9th day after eight days of 'Kolu'. This year(2007) the Hethai Habba was on the 8 Jan 2007 .

Incidentally, the Hethai Habba for 2008 falls on 31 Dec 2007 (might sound a little strange for Hethe Habba falls twice in 2007 but what I have stated earlier holds good)

It is not fixed on a particular day like say X-Mas which is always on 25th December of every year & hence the Hethai Habba day with ref to English Calender changes every year.

Like in every year, from various hattis the male members in their traditional dress [white headgear - MANDARE, MUNDU & Badagaru SEELE along with the family DHADI (stick) ] will proceed to Hethai Gudi (mane) in Beragani on FRIDAY, the 5th of Jan 2007 by foot. Every house in the hatti has to pay five HANA (25paise coin) in a ceremonial function called HANA KATTODU in the village Hethai Gudi ( also known as SUTHUKAL - a stone under a Bikke mora tree that is worshipped). This money (coins) - KANNIKE - tied in a white cloth will be handed over to the Hethai temple at Beragani.

The villagers will give a warm and respectful send off to those proceeding to Hethai Mane (- they would have followed a very strict code of conduct like not eating non vegetarian food or consuming alcohol). As they (including many young boys) proceed away from the village, women spread white sheets (mundus) on the path and all those (men, women & children) not proceeding will prostrate ( adda bubbadu ) and they will be blessed ( harachodu ). The unique (Badaga AATHIKKODU ) " Ye Ha Ho " will be loudly uttered.

As you listen to this ' Ye Ha Ho ' you can feel goose pimples rising, eyes welling up with tears and the heart filled with thoughts of the ALL POWERFUL HETHAI with both happiness and awe.

These men will return back to their Villages on the next monday (the 8th of Jan 2007) - THE HETHAI HABBA DAY - to a grand and ceremonial welcome after attending to various rituals / ceremonies at Beragani & Gasu gui. Usually there will be ' Anna Dhana '

Every BADAGA (male & female) must visit Hethai Mane gudi (temple) either at Beragani or Pedduva at least once to experience and get the blessings of HETHAI during this fantastic festival called Hethi Habba.

The visit can be on any day during the 'kolu' period that is from 01 - 01 - 2007 to 08 - 01 - 2007 this year though the grand 'finale' is on the 8th Jan, 07 when lakhs of Badagas in their whites will throng these holy places with cars and other vehicles parked for a few kms on the all available roads. There will be many more thousands of non Badaga devotees also.

EVERYONE WILL BE SERVED FOOD ( HITTU ).

This is the only day the deity - HETHAI - will be shown to the public for a few seconds.

R.Ramachandran gives an interesting tit bit about HETHAI DHADI :' a rare site in a badaga house is the presence of HAGOTTU . This is basically a pooja room as we call it these days, but other than the temples, this is the only place a HETHAI DHADI is kept in a house. Hagottu is situated in the OGAMANAE which is the sacred corner of any Badaga house. In the olden days the diary products where stored here.

It has the churing stick or the MATTHU which is attached to a pole that is
firmly burried. This MATTHU was used for churning milk and only the men had the rights to enter this place. The diary products were stored in THATTAE ( mud pots) inside the HAGOTTU. Since this is treaded as the
sacred place this is smeared with cowdung every week on Mondays with
water gathered from the springs only. The HETTHAI DHADHI is kept in
the HAGOTTU inside a bamboo which is bored along its height so that
the DHADHI fits in. The DHADHI is taken out once a year and cleaned
with salt and tamarind and then taken to the HETHAI MANAE during the
festival and kept back in its place as soon as the festival is over. Any outside materials that are taken into the HAGOTTU are made pure by applying camphor vapour (kappurana aathothu). HONAE is the container used during milking of buffaloes (nowadays vessels or buckets are used). This is a broad hollow bamboo mearuing about 2 to 3 feet, with an opening on the top and but (naturally) sealed at the bottom.

Ladies during their periods are not allowed into the house that holds
the HAGOTTU. Ladies also do not eat inside the OGAMANAE where the
HAGOTTU is present'.

Prof.Paul Hockings mentions that HAGOTU is the milk churning place, adjoining kitchen, inside the house - a place of worship, into which the women are not allowed to enter. But Dodda Mane in a hatti must have a Hogotu and if it is absent, the front portion of the kitchen is still considered sacred and for men only. Also called OGASU by Lingayat and Haruva Badagas.

There is a DHODDARU SHULOKA which says,

sappode sare, hagotu dura meaning

'the milk vessel is nearby, but the churning place is far off'
(sappode - tender bamboo container)



To know about the "History Of Hethai" & to see some photos of Hethai Habba taken a few years back read the website http://badaga.wordpress.com/

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gopenath
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear All,
Hope all enjoyed the Hettai Habba and won the grace of HETTAI AMMA.
It would be nice if any one could share the photos if any during this time and experiences during the festival, so that we could also share the feeling of joy and happiness along with the new year.

With Love
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I have seen some nice snaps taken by EB HARI [ a truly committed and frequent contributor] on Beraganni Hethe Habba.

You can also view a few snaps I had taken quite some time back at Pedduva at
http://badaga.wordpress.com/hethe-habba/


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Brother,
I am astonished to see the immediate reply. Very happy. I am really thankful for the photos.
Could you tell me the reason why are we not allowed to take photos during the Hettai Habba. I was once or twice warned against taking pictures. Is there any particular reason or theme behind that. I would like to know the importance behind.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:15 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear JP Anna / Gopenath,

I have some pictures posted at http://good-times.webshots.com/album/562213548oMBFCA from Hetthe Habba - 2008 (Beragini) for those of who are missing home and our people, especially those living far away.

Although the resolution is not good enough, hope certain moments could be cherished.

My personal gratitude to the young men & women of Kannerimukku for their love and hospitality on the way back from Beragini.

When love and affection goes beyond mere explanations, there is nothing left except a silent cry...so it goes.

Thankyou, my people.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Hari,
Thank you for your Hettai habba photos.When our minds and heart are clarified, it does not matter when the photos are not so clear. I could feel the happiness and prosperity. Really I miss our heaven. I always pray the Almighty to take me back to the Heaven as soon as possible. Thank you again dear Hari.

With Love
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

She is invincible. She is trust. She is Love. She is magical. She is Virgin. She's all. She's everything. And all this for one man of Her life she did not even spend a day with. Thats our Hetthai Amma. Our Maayadha Kanni. When Love goes beyond explanations, legends are made.

We are blessed in her presence. I wish her blessings go to one and all. Probably, one reason why our community is still thriving, albeit all the differences. I still say in confidence, there's no looking back for our community. Financial setbacks are just a matter of time. Tide will turn, for sure.

Work hard and enjoy!

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