February 14, 2012

Kanjirakolli – Mths and Tales

1. Sri Bal Hanuman

It is believed that Sri Hanuman in his childhood lived in the once dense jungles of Kanjirakolli along with his mother. It was at Malikappara that the mother and the child lived. Once on a rainy, foggy, misty day he, just like any other monkey, jumped through tree- tops and finally reached atop Hanumanpara, the rocky peak point above Malikappara at Mukkuzhi hill. He mistook Sun under the veil of mist for bread and jumped upwards to swallow it. Lord Indra recognized the danger and cut him down to the earth. He fell down on a nearby rock which is called “Sasippara” now. The high velocity of his downfall made the rock break into two in lengthwise and the major portion of it went down deep into the earth. The “kolli” or very steep valley down Sasippara was formed thus, it is believed.
We can see a large foot print on a broken edge and another one on the main block of the rock Hanumanpara. On one end of Sasippara, there was a heap of huge blocks of granite which jointly was seen like a monkey head. The monkey head was destroyed a few years ago while the protection fencing was done by the state forest department. Malikappara remains still in between Sasippara and Hanumanpara in the mukkuzhi hill as building carved out of a single rock.
*Malikappara- malika + para. In Malayalam “malika” means a palatial building and
“para” means rock. It is rock inside of which is like building carved out by nature.
2. Sri Muththappan
In between the festivity periods of Parassinikadavu Temple and the Kunnathurpadi Lord Sri Muththappan stays at Muzhakkavelliththattu, a hill top in between Sasippara and Mathileri, it is believed. On his way to Kunnathurpaady from Parassinikkadavu, he saw a very tall palm tree at the top of the hill Muzhakkavelliththattu*, drank toddy and stayed the long. Except during the festivals at Parassinikkadavu and Kunnathurpady , Lord Sri Muththapan’s presence is believed to be there at Muzhakkavelliththattu.
*Muzhakkavellithattu – (Muzhakkam- echo/ big sound, velli- silver)

3. Kanmadappara

The tale of Kanmadappara, the highest mountain peak in Kanjirakolli visited by tourists, goes back to a few thousand years back. In those ancient days it was the part of an extensive forest owned by feudal families called “janmi”. One timber trader took a tribal virgin to a cave atop the mountain peak and tried to molest her. She was very pious and innocent and so the jungle goddess safeguarding the rock caused a crackdown of the cave and the two died then and there itself. The pious, innocent virgin became “kanmadam”, a precious ayurvedic medicine, on the rocky surface which in turn was washed away to the valley down and brought forth different sorts of herbal medicines growing in plenty.

3. Mani bhagavathi and Manikkadachokkaari

In ancient days Kanjirakolli and the surrounding places were a part of a dense jungle. The only inhabitants of that jungle land were the Karimpalas. They were scared of a “durmurthi” or an evil spirit called as “manikkadachokkari”. The Karimpalas of those days were adopting a type of faming known as “ponam krishi” or jungle farming. Sparing the huge trees, they cleared only “adikkaadu” or the bushes, creepers etc. and cultivated paddy and other corns. They used to go for hunting and fishing also but always in groups. If anyone dared to go out alone even in broad daylight, he was sure to be swallowed by manikkadachokkari, the poor adivasis feared.
One night “Maanippothi” also known as “Mani bhagavathi”, Goddess Mani, or “Kaattupothi” appeared at Manipparathattu and chased it to a cave at Manikkadavu, the foot station of Kanjirakolli Tourism Village, and sealed it there for ever. There is an ancient “muniyara”, a cellar carved out in laterite, in Manippara near Manikkadavu where, it is believed by the Karimpalas, Goddess Mani appeared.
Gods’ own highland calls you!
The fresh water and the rich flora and fauna coupled with its location on the fringes of the Karnataka Evergreen forests makes Kanjirakolly all the more enchanting to visitors and the natural waterfalls and rocky hilltops attract them irresistibly. They invite each and every one:
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