Huttari Festival | Coorg | Harvest Festival in Kogadu
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Coorg or Kodagu in Kannada is nature’s own land of Karnataka. It is located amidst hillside and gorgeous waterfalls. The culture, mannerism of people and dripping rain are things which everyone does cherish. Although many festivals are celebrated in Kodagu, the Huttari is the grandest of all celebrations. It is also called as #puttari. It must be noted that the #Kodavas or people of Coorg are not just warriors but are also children of nature. On the full moon day of the autumn season corresponding to #Hemanta season and Margashira Poornima, the rice-harvest is celebrated by name Huttari. Kodavas from across India assemble at #Kodagu.

The celebration starts the previous eve around 7:45 pm or so. It is called #Nerekattu. The entire house is decorated and made ready for next day with water-filled vessels everywhere. The paddy crops are of special significance. On the next day, the festival begins from #Iggutthappa #temple in Kakkabe. In every family, the male member of the family is especially made to take a festive bath. All kinds of incense material is poured into water and sprinkled or bathed upon him. Later, he is made to dress in the customary dress of Kodavas with long coat and white dress with head gear in some instances. A basket is prepared with leaves, bamboo and grains in it. A lamp is also placed in the middle with a sickle. A female member leads the retinue with the lamp to the field. It is sent to the farm-field with the male member. Arriving at the crop-field in the morning hours (9 am or so), the god of harvest is sought blessings. “Poli, Poli Deva” is a prayer and exclamation to god to bestow excellent harvest. After this, the sickle is invoked with the presence of god and is used to cut the paddy crops in odd numbers. It is hailed and distributed among all those who are present on the occasion (around 10 am). The remaining are tied in bunches and brought back to the home, for some to be hung around the doors and windows of the house.

Many samples are taken back for cooking as well. He is welcomed at the Dehali (ದೇಹಲೀ) of the house with Aaratis and Tilaka is adorned on his forehead. Elders bless him and a breeze of rejoice spreads in the house. Various delicious Kodava special food like honey-laden fruits, juices, nectar, puffed rice, cooked rice (Payasa), Tambhittu sweet are all prepared and enjoyed. Another important observation is that a part of the food is dedicated to the forefathers on this occasion. It is a kind of gratitude to one’s lineage.

In the evening, a special celebration amidst fire is performed. A dance by young and old alike takes place on this occasion. As the Kodagu is famous for armory, Shields, Swords and sticks are used for dance. The Kodava songs are sung traditionally and danced around in circles. Goddess Kaveri river is the life-breath of Karnataka which takes origin in Kodagu, #Talakaveri. Hence, Kaveri is worshipped as mother-goddess on this occasion. Well-known Kannada poet, Panje Mangesha rao, has composed a special lyric called #HuttariHadu or the song of harvest. It celebrates and depicts the Huttari festival of Kodagu. The Huttari is the representative festival of #Kodagu. It is festival amidst crops, light drizzle of rain, sunshine, and all in festive mood in Kodagu or Coorg.

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