Devotees Tie Footwear to Tree For Pain Relief

An unusual tradition of offering footwear, especially those of children to goddess Lakkamma Devi, is practised at Gola village in Aland taluk, about 30 km from Kalaburagi.

The footwear is offered on the day of the jatra of the goddess, that falls on panchami (fifth day) after Mahalaya Amavasya.

People from Kalaburagi, Yadgir districts and from Maharashtra throng the Lakkamma Devi temple on panchami to offer prayers and tie footwear to a tree in the premises of the temple.

Honnamma, a devotee said offering footwear will give them relief from knee and foot pain.

The devotees worship the posterior of goddess Lakkamma Devi and offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. They also sacrifice sheep and chickens on the day of the jatra.

Shankar Rao Malipatil, who plays a major role in the annual fair of the village deity, told Express that it is an honour for his family to bring the temple’s Kalasha (holy pot) during the jatra.

“Legend has it that a demon chased goddess Lakkamma Devi who fell facing the earth. Her body, except the buttocks disappeared,”  he added.

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