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Devadiga (also Moily, Sherigar,Seriyan,Gujaran) are Tulu speaking Hindu community of temple musicians and Temple attendants who mainly hail from the region of Tulu Nadu in the south west of India which comprises the districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in the Indian state of Karnataka and Kasaragod taluk of Kerala.

Origins[edit]

The name "Devadiga" is derived from archaic Kannada term "Deva Adiga" . Devadiga is a community of Hindu temple musicians, drum beaters[1] hailing from the west coast of Karnataka, India. Devadigas are originally from the land of Lord Parashurama stretching between Karwar in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and Kasaragod district of Kerala in west-coast of India. Some people misunderstand Devadiga for naayee community. They are not. They used to use shahnai and drums only in Temples and not in Death ceremony and all, Its a holy community, once next to Brahmins only Devadigas were allowed inside the sacrum( Gharbhagudi) of temples.

Language[edit]

Tulu is the main language spoken by Devadigas.Some places in Karnataka Devadigas also speak Kannada and identifies themselves as Kannada Devadigas. Devadigas live in temple surroundings.

Worship of Spirits[edit]

Just like Theyyam in Kerala, Tulu regions have Bhoota kola and Nema, a kind of spirit worship. Devadigas were important part of this native worship. Dhoomavathi, Panjurli, Kalkudi, Varthe, Marl jumadi, Kodimanithaya, Maisandaya and Jarandaya are some of the most common Bhutas worshipped by the community.

Traditions of Devadigas[edit]

Aliya kattu[edit]

(Tulu: ಅಳಿಯ ಕಟ್ಟು) (Nephew lineage) in Kannada/Tulu or Marumakkatayam in Malayalam was, a matrilineal system of property inheritance practised by many communities in coastal Karnataka and Kerala.

In ALIYA KATTU system the mother's family takes control of the family and property matters. The family functions such as Bhootha Kola will be performed initiated from mother's family. The ALIYAKATTU system is followed by castes like DEVADIGA, SHETTY, KOTTARY, KULAL, GATTI, SHETTIGAR, BILLAVA etc.[citation needed]

Yakshaganas[edit]

Yakshagana is a Kannada classical folk art form in India mostly popular in Tulu Nadu areas of South India. Devadigas contributed to the development of this folk dance,[citation needed] which was taught in Yakshagana mandalis.

Persons[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, edited by Nagendra Kr. (2006). Global encyclopaedia of the South Indian Dalit's ethnography. New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House. pp. 172, 173. ISBN 9788182201682. 

External links[edit]


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The Hindu

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:45:00 -0800

Akhila Bharata Tulu Okkoota chairman Dharmapal U Devadiga, Karnatka Tulu Sahitya Academy president M Janki Brahmavar, Mangaluru south MLA J R Lobo, Karnataka Bank managing director P Jayaram Bhat, Bharat Co-operative Bank (Mumbai) Limited ...
 
Times of India
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:22:30 -0800

N Devadiga, manager of the bank's Dahanukar colony branch, has lodged a complaint in this regard. Assistant inspector R T Chavan said that the bank had granted the man a home loan of Rs 28 lakh in 2013. "Around five months ago, the bank officials found ...

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:05:35 -0800

ASP Annamalai told reporters that the deceased Naveen (40) stabbed Taramathi Devadiga's neck with a knife before hanging himself near the shop of Dooja Poojary in Padubidri. Taramathi Devadiga (40) was a widow with two children. She had lost her ...

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:07:30 -0800

Padubidri, 17 Dec 2014: A 40-year-old man who allegedly murdered his lover, committed suicide by hanging himself, near Padubidri on Tuesday late night. The deceased are Naveen Devadiga and his lover Tara Devadiga (38). It is said that Naveen who was ...

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:02:30 -0800

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:36:35 -0800

Replying to questions at a press conference here on Thursday, executive president of the organising committee of the festival, Dharmapala U. Devadiga, justified the committee inviting Mr. Moily stating that Mr. Moily was responsible for the formation ...
 
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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:25:32 -0700

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