Beltangady: Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari, Dr D Veerendra Heggade, has come out in support of demand for retaining Kambala. Noting that traditions like agriculture, rearing of cattle, and several other other practices have been given up and folklore belief systems have been given a go by, he felt that placing ban on Kambala and such other traditions may result in erosion of culture.
He noted that almost every country and area has been organizing folk sport with humans in the company of animals in one way or the other, as part of one's culture, and observed that buffalo races have been part of life in many countries and almost all the places in India.
Dr Heggade also pointed out that farmers have been expressing their gratitude to the animals by performing puja to them during Deepavali and other occasions, and the practice of seeking divine blessing to ward off evil is also in vogue. He said owners of buffaloes take care of their animals with utmost love and affection.
Dr Heggade reiterated that the court is free to come up with suggestions to remove the violence part from Kambala. He urged the concerned to accede to the demand of the people for retention of Kambala, duly expressing the apprehension that cattle rearing may become a thing of the past considering the cost, labour etc involved if even Kambala is not allowed to be held.
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