Bunt's in Legend

Agoli Manjanna

Agoli Manjanna is the Bhima of Tulunadu. It is said that all his adventures and achievements were super human. Panje Mangesh Rao had written many stories for children based on the life and deeds of Agoli Manjanna.Manjanna had superman strength. Heaps of rice he ate. He was endowed with rare tolerance. These qualities in him made him a wonderful personality.Duggu, the sister of Chelaru Guthu Baggana Adyanthaya was married to Narayana Shetty of Kattabalike. She had no issues for a long time. She offered prayers to Ullalthi of Bappanadu, the result of which she got a male child named Manjanna.

One Baggana Adyanthaya had to wage a war against his neighboring country. During that period he asked his nephew Manjanna to look after the administration of the Guthu.It is said that Manjanna ate too much of rice at a time. He used to eat one 'Agoli' of rice (a measurement which is equal to 20 K.G. rice) from which he got that super power. Therefore he was rightly called Agoli Manjanna.Manjanna was deprived of the love of his mother. He lived with his paternal aunt. Once he expressed his desire with his aunt like this -

'The kodinje rock should have been the Kadubu, the water of Gujjarakere should have been the milk'It shows his desire to eat.

Manjanna supervised the cultivation in Chelaraguthu. Manjanna had to bring large quantity of green leaves to cowshed daily. His aunt was never satisfied with what he brought. She wanted him to bring more and more. Manjanna collected so much of green leaves that he did not notice a wild pig in the hill-sized heap of green leaves he carried on his head. The weight of this heap was so much that when he put it down in his courtyard, the grinding stone which fell beneath it went down the earth. The people around wondered at this. People were frightened and ran into their houses when the wild pig ran out of the heap screeching aloud.

Once there was no stock of hay fodder to feed the bullocks and buffalos. Manjanna's uncle told him to go to Panjaguthu and bring the hay stock. People at Panja told Manjanna to carry hay as much as possible to him. Manjanna remembered that the Panjaguthu people had taken some muras of rice from his uncle and had never returned. Thus he bundled up the hay stock with some muras of rice in it and carried it home. Such was his Hercules power.

There was no buffalo race (Kambla) in Mulki region. The king of Mulki Dugganna Sawantha wanted to conduct Kamba (Buffalo race) in his kingdom. But he did not find any one capable of doing the spadework for this sports event. Preparing the track for Kambla is not a simple task. Manjanna came forward to do this venture. He went to Panambur to measure the buffalo race track and looked into the details of this sports event. After collecting full information of Kambla he started his work. Thus he was the key person for buffalo race in Mulki. The people of Panambur developed hatred against him as Panambur began to lose its importance in Kambla. People were jealous of his strength and hard working nature.

Manjanna, once had been to Yermal festival. There was a challenge for him in the bundle of sugar cane stalks an iron rod was kept and it was declared that if any one who broke the stalks would get a good reward. They did it with a specific purpose to test the strength of Manjanna. They were of the opinion that Manjanna would not be able to perform the task and it would be an insult to him in front of a large gathering. But Manjanna knew the conspiracy hatched against him. He was strong and brave. He came forward with full confidence. He was aware of his strength. He lifted the stalks and without any difficulty broke them into two including the strong iron rod in it. Those who had challenged him quietly vacated the place without giving any reward to him. Manjanna was not that sort of man to take revenge. Instead he wanted to exhibit his strength to general public in Yernal. He lifted a slab of granite piece on his right hand, and on the left hand he lifted another slab of granite piece, which was being used as the bridge to cross the stream in Yermal. He brought both the pieces to Bappanadu temple and kept it across the stream as a bridge in front of the temple. This was done only to prove his strength to people at Yermal who cheated him. These two granite slabs are found even today in front of Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple at Bappanadu, Mulki. You may wonder at the breadth and length of these slabs - 4 feet wide and 15 feet long. If it is to be lifted today no less 50 strong persons are required.

Manjanna had never been a ruler. He had not made a name in education, skill or intelligence. Like Bhimasena in Mahabharatha, he used his unique strength for the benefit of public and for noble cost. He had never used his strength for wicked activities or to do injustice to others. Both Bhima and Manjanna were sincere to their elders. Manjanna kept himself miles away from envy and jealousy. He was humble and noble. He was helpful and cooperative. He liked peace in and around him.

Manjanna was not worshipped as a Bhootha after his death, as other heroes of his time. Still his deeds and conduct are appreciated and acclaimed by one and all. It is said that he plucked coconuts not climbing up the tree but simply shaking the tree!

Manjanna was born at Katla in Surathkal village. At present, this place is called Manjanna Barke. Still a large slab of stone is found in Manajanna Barke, which his mother used to bath him. The stone grinder, which sunken into the ground when he put down the heap of green leaves, is now found in the guthu house of chelaru. Besides Kulur Kavoor road you find Manjanna Gudda, a hill named after him. Today, it is being demolished. No doubt Manjanna was a rare great personality that Tulunadu has seen. We should feel proud of such great adventures and brave people who played the role of a role model to the future generation.


Sathyanapura the Siri

Siri was born in Bunts Community. She was a woman who inspired the woman folk to face the challenges and problems boldly. It is believed that the soul of Siri enters into the body of others, especially the woman and fills in their mind the courage to encounter the problems. Such ladies who beget the strength of Siri in them have been looked up with great regard. Her husband abandoned Siri. Though she was remarried, she was respected by one and all. She was treated as a noble lady. After her death she was worshipped as a 'Daiva' in Tulunadu. But there is clear-cut deference in worship of Siri and other Daivas. Siri is not harsh. Her worship is like a psychic treatment to the devotees.

The Story:

Birumalva of Majaluttu Beedu lived happily with his wife Santhakke in the place in Sathyanapura. Santhakke and her female child expired after some time. The grief -sticken Birumalva became a psychic patient. He worried over the fact that there was no one in his family to continue the religious and noble work he started. One night, in his dream the God appeared before him as a Brahmin. The almighty directed him to renovate the Alade, the worshipping center of Naga, the cobra. Birumalva acted accordingly. He renovated the Alade with dedication. As prasadam, he got betel flower (Pinagara) and a ball of sandalwood paste. Within no time these things changed into a beautiful girl. Birumalva named her 'Siri' and looked after her with great love and care. She grew up into a beautiful maiden. Every one in the town and rural areas talked of her beauty. Kanthu Punja of Basrur Beedu loved and married her. On his marriage, his mother Sankaru Punjedi had assured that her son would manage the affairs of both the states without any discrimination.

Shankara Alva, the son of Annu Shetty of Sooda was assisting Birumalva in the administration. He expected the power of the state would come to him after Birumalva. The marriage of Siri with Kanthu was a hurdle to him. His dream of ascending the throne of Sathyanapura was totally collapsed and he was disappointed. But, Birumalva offered him the Beedu of Sooda and provided with all facilities. Siri went to Basrur. She became pregnant there. Her husband and father in law purchased costly sarees for her and were coming back from the city. On their way a prostitute called Kinhalla ceased the sari from their hands and wore it herself. After a while, she removed it, folded it and handed it over to Kanthu Punja. On the day of 'Seemantha' (A feast arranged for the pregnant woman) Siri refused to accept the Sari saying that the prostitute of Basrur adored it first. At this her husband was enraged. Birumalva convinced both of them and the function went on smoothly.

There was a function at Sathyanapura a feast arranged for the pregnant lady in her native place. Kanthu Punja's mother did not allow him to go there and attend the function. On her labour pain Siri sent for her mother in law to come over there and treat her as her own child. But there was no response from Basrur. Siri delivered, but no one came from Basrur to see the child after 8 months, Birumalva laid down and breathed his last. The message was send to Basrur but of no use. People of Sathyanapura were in confusion. They wanted the presence of Kanthu Punja in removing the dead body. Siri took all courage and gave her shoulder to carry the dead body.

Meanwhile Kanthu Punja joined hands with Shanker Alva and were successful in hatching a conspiracy against Siri. Shanker Alva demanded a share in the property of Satyanapura. He wanted a committee of judges to settle the dispute. The jury called a meeting. Shanker Alva bribed the judges to give judgment in his favor. Siri sent a message to Basrur to inform these developments Kanthu Punja, but Kanthu Punja was out of station. Siri rushed to the jury to defend herself. The jury who danced to the tune of Shanker Alva declared that the right over the kingdom rests on Shanker Alva.

The enraged Siri left the palace with the infant child and went to Basrur. Though Punja protested her first, then agreed to take her into the house on the request of his mother. But there were no discussions between husband and wife. At the end Kanthu Punja ordered her to vacate the place and go out of his border by dusk. The brave Siri never wanted to be a slave to her husband. She walked out without any hesitation. Siri had to face various problems after that. She stayed in Bola forest. The Kshatriya kings there treated her as their own sister and accompanied her to the palace. In the meantime Siri lost her child and Daru, the maidservant who accompanied her from Satyanapur.

Kodsaralva of Kotradi was a close friend of Bola Kings. He was attracted by the beauty of Siri and the Bola rulers made all the arrangements for the wedding of Siri, after getting her consent. Siri was very happy with his husband and his first wife Samu Alvedi. But this did not last for long. After giving birth to a female child, Siri breathed her last. Thereafter, Siri has been worshipped as a Daiva, her story is being told in Siri Pad-dana- the story sung in poetical form.