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