Tribals offer prayers to elephants in Dubare forest

Tribals offer prayers to elephants in Dubare forest

Tribals after offering pooja to Ammale, offering pooja to elephants

They offered special pooja to Forest Goddess Ammaledeva inside the Dubare forest for the protection of wildlife and forest. The God was offered with paddy, tender coconut and other pulses. After offering pooja to the tamed elephants, they went around the gudi. The tribals were distributed with payasa and puffed rice. The tribals also showcased their tradition and culture. Jilla Budakattu Krishikara Sangha President J P Raju said “the tribals have been taming the elephants for generations. They are offering prayers to the Ammale Devi so that the elephants will not harm them.”

ZP former member R K Chandru said “prayers are also offered for good rain and harvest. The festival is being observed every year.” Tribal leader J K Dobi, Forester M T Sannappa, Basavanahalli Tribal Lamps Co-operative Society Secretary B Lokesh were present.
Prior to observing the festival, elephants were bathed in Cauvery river and was decked and taken out in a procession.

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