Miscellany

Seeds of success

Onion cultivation is on in full swing in the Ranebennur region of Haveri. The process has been in progress since the last one-and-a-half months. A rich harvest can be reaped if one keeps away from chemical fertilisers. Once the seeds are ripe, the ones that don’t drop to the ground are the ones that need to be gathered. Onion is a perennial crop, that can be grown at any time of the year. Also, it can be grown in any type of soil. Similarly, there are many kinds of cultivation practices when it comes to growing onion. While in some places, seeds are used for sowing, in some other places, saplings are used. So, what’s a good seed and what’s not? The ones that are over a year old are of no use, because they won’t sprout, say experienced onion farmers in the region.
Farmers in the Haveri region typically collect onion seeds till the second week of January. The onion seeds are dried in the sun, and then used.

R S Patil

Temple on a hillock

The Anegudda Ganapathi temple is an ancient temple located in Kumbhasi, also known as Kumbha-kasi, on a small hillock known as Anegudda off the main highway.
The idol of Ganapati is believed to be a swayam udbhava idol; one that emerged on its own.

The idol is covered by a gold-plated silver mask. The temple has been renovated. The puja is performed according to a combination of tantric and agamic prescriptions. There is a four-day jathre (fair) in December when thousands of devotees gather. The favourite flower is singara flower from arecanut plant. There is daily anna dana in the dining hall from 1 pm to 2 30 pm. ‘

At the bottom of the hillock, near the highway, is the temple of Harihareshwara Linga, which is 300 m north of the main temple. It has a well, which is reputed to be 400 years old. Another ancient temple is the Suryanarayana next to it. A modern Ayyappa temple has come up the hill within 100 m to the west of the main temple. The temple is 5 km south of Kundapur. The temple can be reached by a flight of 50 steps, (not too tough though; look for slippery patches) through picturesque surroundings.

The winding road up to the temple is about 1 km from the NH17 highway. Auto rickshaws charge about Rs 70 for the up and down trip from Kundapur.

Frequent buses ply on the NH17. One has to get off the bus stop near the temple leading to the steps and climb to the hillock.

D B N Murthy

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