A stone to 'safeguard' the village

A stone to 'safeguard'  the village

 The yantrada kallu (healing stone) in the premises of Sureshwara temple in Hosapete village of Shidlaghatta taluk. DH PhotoThese practices are being observed since times immemorial and they continue to be have strong following and have been passed down from generations.Tying of talisman, chanting of certain mantras, wearing certain ornaments to ward off evil, performing poojas, are some of the practices which are ardently followed even today in our villages.

Typically, the mantras are engraved on a bronze or silver sheet, or a sheet of alloy mixture and are tied to the neck. The talisman is believed to ward off evil, pain, mishap and safeguard the wearer from misfortunes.

On the same lines, in the earlier days, ‘yantrada kallu’ (healing stones) were installed in the villages in order to safeguard the entire village from epidemics and other misfortunes. There are many such stones in several villages here.

While some stones are revered by people, some of them have been completely neglected. As an example to the former is the healing stone in Sarveshwara temple in Hosapete. Villagers worship the healing stone with the belief that it would protect them and their cattle.  However, the three healing stones is Basavanna temple in Hanumanthapura village lie in a state of utter neglect.

Nevertheless, people continue to blindly believe that worshipping these stones will help them out of their hardships.With education and an increase in the levels of awareness, the number of people who sceptical of these beliefs may have increased. But that still does not mean that people have stopped banking on these “healing stones” to solve their lives’ crises.

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