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Kambala – A Traditional Celebration in Rural Karnataka

The Kambala Race, also known as Kambala is a traditional water buffalo race in muddy waters. The event takes place almost every weekend in northern parts of Kasargod, especially Kumbla and Manjeshwar during the months of November and December. It is the native sport of Tulu Nadu, believed to have originated from the farming community of Karnataka.

 

Presently, Kambala played as recreational sport by the farmers. The buffalo race said to be over 1000 years old. The event conducted before the harvesting season commences. It is a way showing gratitude to the gods who are believed to protect their crops from destruction. Paddy fields filled with slush are used as tracks for the race and the event consists of two pairs of buffaloes controlled by a whip-lashing farmer. The winners are rewarded with money. Kambala has become an organized, professional sport which pulls a large crowd from different parts of the state.

 

Kambala Categories:

A “Kambala Committee” arranges races in several categories describing the outfitting of the buffaloes. Typical categories are:

  • Negilu (ನೇಗಿಲು: plough), in which the buffaloes are tied to an apparatus resembling a plough, but lighter.
  • Hagga (ಹಗ್ಗ: rope), in which a rope is tied directly to the buffaloes.
  • Adda halage (ಅಡ್ಡ ಹಲಗೆ: cross wooden block), where the driver stands on a plank on top of the buffaloes.
  • Kane halage (ಕಣೆ ಹಲಗೆ: round wooden block), where the driver places one leg on the wooden block.

 

Types of Kambalas

Traditionally, there were two types of Kambalas :

  1. Pookere Kambala
  2. Bale Kambala

The celebration of Bale Kambala was discontinued about 900 years ago. So, the Kambala that is today, is the Pookere Kambala variety.

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Source: Kerala Tourism

All Kambala races start at around 8-9AM and go on till late into next day morning non-stop. Kambala goes on non-stop day and night for as much as 24-36 hours till all the winners are declared, depending on the buffalo pairs.

 

Kambala Event Date:

You can click on the link to get the Google map location of Kambala venue.

24-Nov-2018, Saturday ಕಕ್ಕೆಪದವು – Kakkepadavu – Sathya Dharma

01-Dec-2018, Saturday ಮೂಡಬಿದ್ರೆ – Moodubidire – Koti Chennaya

08-Dec-2018, Saturday ಬಾರಾಡಿ – Baradi Beedu – Soorya Chandra

15-Dec-2018, Saturday ಪೈವಳಿಕೆ – Paivalike – Anna Thamma

22-Dec-2018, Saturday ಪಿಲಿಕುಳ – Pilikula – Nethravathi Palguni

22-Dec-2018, Saturday ಹೊಕ್ಕಾಡಿಗೋಳಿ – Hokkaadi goli – Veera Vikrama

30-Dec-2018, Sunday ಮೂಲ್ಕಿ – Mulki seeme – Moodu Padu

06-Jan-2019, Sunday ಮಿಯಾರು – Miyaru – Lava Kusha

12-Jan-2019, Saturday ಮಂಗಳೂರು – Kuluru – Rama Lakshmana

20-Jan-2019, Sunday ಪುತ್ತೂರು – Puttur – Koti Chennaya

26-Jan-2019, Saturday ಐಕಳ ಬಾವ – Aikala Bava – Kanthabaare Budabaare

02-Feb-2019, Saturday ಕಟಪಾಡಿ – Katapadi Beedu – Moodu Padu

09-Feb-2019, Saturday ಅಡ್ವೆ – ನಂದಿಕೂರು – Adve-Nandikoor – Koti Chennaya

16-Feb-2019, Saturday ಜಪ್ಪಿನಮೊಗರು – Jappina Mogaru – Jaya Vijaya

23-Feb-2019, Saturday ವಾಮಂಜೂರು ತಿರುವೈಲು – Vamanjoor Thiruvailu – Sankupoonja Devupoonja

02-Mar-2019, Saturday ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ – Uppinangadi – Vijaya Vikrama

09-Mar-2019, Saturday ಬಂಗಾಡಿ ಕೊಲ್ಲಿ – Bangaadi Kolli – Soorya Chandra

16-Mar-2019, Saturday ವೇಣೂರು – Venoor – Soorya Chandra

30-Mar-2019, Saturday ತಲಪಾಡಿ ಪಂಜಾಲ – Thalapady Panjala – Soorya Chandra

Please note dates are subject to change due to unavoidable circumstances.

 

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