Hethe(y) Habba

Hethe Amma, the purest one, in your blessings lie our well being !

HETHE MANE [Hethai Temple]

Madekke mannoondha aaleyu, adhu thirigi mannoo aagha

[Even though a pot has been made out of clay, it cannot become clay again]

Thuppa benne endha aaleyu, adhu thirigi benne aagha

[Clarified butter (nei in Tamil), though made out of butter, cannot become butter again]

Jenu hoo endha aaleyu, adhu thirigi hoo aagha,

[Honey, that comes from flowers, cannot become flowers again]

Holladha vakka Hethe Mane ga hodha maele, thirigi holladhavakka aagharu

[After going to Hethai Temple, ‘bad’ people cannot remain bad]

[from silver jubilee souvenir 1993, BWA-Madras]

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Hethai Habba

‘HETHAI HABBA’ is the biggest festival of Badagas

To read the ‘history of HETHAI AMMA’ Click here

Hethai Habba is always on the first MONDAY (SOVARA), the most sacred day of Badagas, after the full moon (paurnami – HUNNAWAY ) that falls in (Tamil) Margazhi month, that is the 9th day after eight days of ‘Kolu’. This year [2012] the Hethai Habba was celebrated on 8 Jan 2007 will be celebrated on 27 Dec 2010   will be celebrated on 31 Dec 2012.

It is not fixed on a particular day like say X-Mas which is always on the 25th December of every year & hence the Hethai Habba day with reference to English Calender changes every year.

Every year, from various hattis the male members in their traditional dress [white turban – MANDARE, MUNDU & Badagaru SEELE along with the family DHADI (stick)- see the photo] proceed to Hethai Gudi (mane) in Beragani on thr preceeding FRIDAY by foot. Every house in the hatti has to pay five HANA (25paise coin) in a ceremonial function called HANA KATTODU in the village Hethai Gudi ( also known as SUTHUKAL – a stone under a Bikke mora tree that is worshipped – see the photos below). This money (coins) – KANNIKE – tied in a white cloth will be handed over to the Hethai temple at Beragani.

The villagers will give a warm and respectful send off to those proceeding to Hethai Mane (- they would have followed a very strict code of conduct like not eating non vegetarian food or consuming alcohol). As they (including many young boys) proceed away from the village, women spread white sheets (mundus) on the path and all those (men, women & children) not proceeding will prostrate ( adda bubbadu ) and they will be blessed ( harachodu ). The unique (BadagaATHIKKODU ) ” Ye Ha Ho ” will be loudly uttered.

As you listen to this ‘  Ye Ha Ho ‘ you can feel goose pimples rising, eyes welling up with tears and the heart filled with thoughts of the ALL POWERFUL HETHAI with both happiness and awe.

These men will return back to their Villages on the next monday – THE HETHAI HABBA DAY – to a grand and ceremonial welcome after attending to various rituals / ceremonies at Beragani & Gasu gui. Usually there will be ‘ Anna Dhana

Every BADAGA (male & female) must visit Hethai Mane gudi (temple) either at Beragani or Pedduva at least once to experience and get the blessings of HETHAI during this fantastic festival called Hethi Habba.

The visit can be on any day during the ‘kolu’ period that is from 01 – 01 – 2007 to 08 – 01 – 2007 this year though the grand ‘finale’ is on the 8th Jan, 07 when lakhs of Badagas in their whites will throng these holy places with cars and other vehicles parked for a few kms on the all available roads. There will be many more thousands of non Badaga devotees also.

EVERYONE WILL BE SERVED FOOD ( HITTU ).

This is the only day the deity – HETHAI – will be shown to the public for a few seconds

Hubbathalai Suthu Kal

R. Ramachandran of Kekkatti gives an interesting tit bit : ‘The Hethai Dhadi, considered very sacred, is always kept in the sacred corner called HAGOTTU, which is situated in the OGA MANE [inner room where the kitchen is located] adjoining EDA MANE.

In the olden days the diary products where stored here. It has the churing stick or the MATTHU which is attached to a pole firmly buried to the ground. This was used for churning milk and only the men had the rights to enter this place. The diary products were stored in THATTAE (mud pots) inside the HAGOTTU. Since Hagottu is treated as sacred, it is smeared with cowdung every Mondays with water gathered from springs (HUTTU NEERU) only.

The HETTHAI DHADHI is kept in the HAGOTTU inside a bamboo that has been bored along its length so that the DHADHI can fit in. The DHADHI is taken out once a year and cleaned with salt & tamarind and then taken to the HETHAI MANE during the festival and kept back in its place as soon as the festival is over. Any outside materials that are taken into the HAGOTTU are ’purified’ by applying camphor vapour (KAPPARANA AATHODHU)).

Here, mention must be made about HONE used for milking of buffaloes (nowadays vessels or buckets are used). This container/sort of vessel is a broad hollow bamboo mearuing about 2 feet in length with the lower end closed. Ladies during their periods are not allowed into the room that holds the HAGOTTU. Ladies also, usually, do not eat inside the OGAMANAE where the HAGOTTU is present’.

In olden days, every household had a Hethai Dhadi of its own. Prof.Paul Hockings mentions that HAGOTU is the milk churning place, adjoining kitchen, inside the house – a place of worship, into which the women are not allowed to enter. But Dodda Mane in a hatti must have a Hogotu and if it is absent, the front portion of the kitchen is still considered sacred and for men only. Also called OGASU by Lingayat and Haruva Badagas.

There is a DHODDARU SHULOKA [Badaga proverb] which says,

sappode sare, hagotu dura’ meaning

The milk vessel is nearby, but the churning place is far off

The villagers give a warm and respectful send off to those proceeding to Hethai Mane (- they would have followed a very strict code of conduct like not eating non vegetarian food or consuming alcohol). As they (including many young boys) proceed away from the village, women spread white sheets (mundus) on the path and all those (men, women & children) not proceeding will prostrate ( adda bubbadu ) and they will be blessed ( harachodu ) by those ‘hethai kararu’. The unique ,Badaga ATHIKKODU – ” Ye Ha Ho ” will be loudly uttered.

As you listen to this ‘ Ye Ha Ho ‘ you can feel goose pimples rising, eyes welling up with tears and the heart filled with thoughts of the ALL POWERFUL HETHAI with both happiness and awe.

They will attend to many ceremonies & functions at Hethai Mane – Beraganni /Pedduva/Gasu Gui .

These men will return back to their Villages on the next monday – THE HETHAI HABBA DAY – to a grand and ceremonial welcome. Usually there will be ‘ Anna Dhana ‘ at their villages.

Every Badaga must visit HETHAI GUDI (temple) either at Beragani or Pedduva at least once to have an unique experience and get the blessings of HETHAI during this fantastic festival called Hethi Habba.

The visit can be on any day during the ‘kolu’ period when lakhs of Badagas in their whites, throng these holy places and their cars and other vehicles would have been parked for a few kms on the all available roads. There are many more thousands of non Badaga devotees also.

EVERYONE WILL BE SERVED FOOD ( HITTU ).

This is the only day the deity – HETHAI – will be shown to the public for a few seconds.

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Dear Sri JP

Seem to have covered a major part of the processes of the Hethai Habba. To add to this library on Hethai I am presenting a few lines on HAGOOTU. I hail from Ketti Kekkatty and one rare site in a badaga house is the presence of HAGOOTTU . This is basically a pooja room as we call it these days, but this is the only place a HETHAI DHADI is kept in a house other than the temples. And I am proud to say that we have a HAGOOTU in my house with the HETHAI DHADI.

Hagottu is situated in the OGAMANAE which is the sacred corner of any Badaga house. In the olden days the diary products where stored here. It has the churing stick or the MATTHU which is attached to the pole firmly burried. This was used for churning milk and only the men had the rights to enter this place. The diary products were stored in THATTAE ( mud pots) inside the HAGOTTU. Since this is treaded as the sacred place this is smeared with cowdung every week on Mondays with water gathered from the springs only. The HETTHAI DHADHI is kept in the HAGOTTU inside a bamboo which is bored along its height so that the DHADHI fits in. The DHADHI is taken out once a year and cleaned with salt and tamarind and then taken to the HETHAI MANAE during the festival and kept back in its place as soon as the festival is over.

Any outside materials that are taken into the HAGOTTU are made pure by applying camphor vapour (kappurana aathothu). Here wish to mention the HONAE the container during milking of buffaloes (nowadays vessels or buckets are used). This is a broad bamboo mearuing about 2 to 3 feet hollow inside except the lower end. Ladies during their periods are not allowed into the house that holds the HAGOTTU. Ladies also do not eat inside the OGAMANAE which the HAGOTTU is present.

R.Ramachandran

Kekkatty.

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I have added a few photos taken at Pedduva Hatti quite some years back from my archive. The photos of Hubbathalai Hethai Gudi ‘Suthu Kallu’ and the present ‘Head Pujari’ of Beraganni were taken a few days back (December, 2006) when Hetha Mane people were invited to Hubbathalai Village prior to the forth coming Hethai Habba as is the tradition. More on this ‘ritual/function’ called “Hethai Mane Kararuga Hittu Hakkuvadu” later.

On Hethai Habba day at Pedduva

Going to hethai Gudi

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Pedduva Hethai Gudi

Hethai taken out of Gudi

Going to Halla

At Halla

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Gilmse of Hethai

The following snaps were taken at Hubbathalai Village on 15 Dec 2006

Suthu Kallu with the sacred ‘Bugiri’

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Hethai Mane Head Pujari

Head Pujari of Hethai Mane (Pedduva)

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My favourite ‘HETHE’ songs which can soothen the senses and bring happiness are……

Betta Nakka Suthiaa..Beragani Hethe tha

Bettadha Jana Ealla

Oh Ennu Hethey Osane Kaathi

If you want to listen to more ” Hethe ” songs go to badaga.org

Read the ‘history of HETHAI AMMA’ here

Hethey-ya Korachuva maathu!!!
by Dr.Rams
(from:badaga.org)
[The following lines (slogan with an outstanding hum!!??) will first be used to call our great hethey during hethey-habba.

We, the badagas use this slogan at the beginning to call hethey in a “devvaaduva” occasion especially during “hethey abba” season. Although we use this in other hatties during “poorthi”, an occasion in which hethey disciples/sishyas will be called, we normally use this in hethey maney during the aforementioned occasion and we could indeed feel something beyond….. at that particular moment. Further, we use this only in “hethey devvaaduva” occasion unlike “hethey bhajans”, which we use in all the temples in various hatties during “pujas”].

Eay amma ellitha idhey-neyyy…engaa maayaadha kanney-yeyyy
Eay amma ellitha idhey-neyyy…engaa neleyaadha kaathi-yeyyy
Eay amma ellitha idhey-ney…engaa eeraney masi-yey..ey – Aa eayyy

Eay amma thuppadha dheevigeyyy…thayey kachidheyoney..ey
Eay amma dhoopadha ogeyaaa…thayey ogathidheyo-ney..ey
Eay amma dhukka ondhunaaa…thayey theera bhaliney..ey – Aa eayyy

Eay amma maaraa jalliyaaa…thaayey mandeya bhuttu-nee..ee
Eay amma magaala kaayaaa…thaayey kondeya katti-nee..ee
Eay amma makkava kaappa jaama manakkana bhaali-ney..ey – Aa eayyy

Eay amma baladha kaiyaaa…thayey imbi idathu-nee..ee
Eay amma edadha kaiyaaa…thayey bhethu idathu-nee..ee
Eay amma bhevara ondhuna thayey eaga-bhaliney..ey – Aa eayyy

Eay amma bettadha janavuuu…thayey bhandhidharey-ney..ey
Eay amma seemeya janavuuu…kaathu nidhidharey-ney..ey
Eay amma sinnadha maathaaa…neenu thoarabhali-ney..ey – Aa eayyy

Eay amma makka illadhaaa…thayey mangeya rella-ney
Eay amma madiluga acheyyy…kaethu bhandhidharey-ney
Eay amma madiluga acheyyy…bhandhu kodabhekku nee-yey..ey – Aa eayyy

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Post script by – JP
One of the biggest regrets I have is that I have not gone to “Hethai ” – going on the ‘offical’ pilgrim as part of Hethe Kararu to Bergani and Pedduva. But I did have the honour and pleasure of being part of the ceremony at Peddhuva and when Hethay Mane people had comet to Hubbathalai and Kundha Ketchigatti. During Hethay Habba [season] One of the important rituals is ‘DEVADODHU’ and now I can recollect the invocation of Hethay – that is ‘Hetheya Koruchuvadhu’ as Dr.Ram, so nicely, explained.The function starts in hattis in the evening whenever the Hethai Mane people – the villagers, including the PUJARI from either Beraganni or Peddduva – are invited. They are ceremoniously welcomed and taken to the Suthugal – near the temple. Thuppadhittu / Ennae’hittu is served and people sit around a fire.

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The tempo is slowly built up. One or two persons from the Hethe Mane start playing the Bugiri after invocation – Hetheya Koruchuvodhu.

As I am writing this I am getting goose pimples – the hair rising in the back of the neck (மெய் சிலிர்க்கிறது) for the occasion is so solemn and the atmosphere is thick with anticipation. The bugiri may look very simple but the musical notes played on that by the experts can make any one forget this world and transport to another world. The music is ‘OH ennu Hethai, Odee Baali’ or as Dr.Ram has mentioned.

The Poojari or the ‘chosen one ‘ with his uncut long hair and without the shirt starts swaying to the music in standing position and obviously in a trance.

When the time comes, he gushes forth a scream and the music stops. Now he is truly POSSESSED by HETHAY and starts saying ‘vaakku’ – predictions. It may be general to the hatti or specific to a person or family. HE chooses him/her/them by throwing an ’embai – lime’. The person so chosen, kneels before th PUJARI and addresses him as HETHAY.

Once HE[THEY] finishes, at a signal the music starts again and the process continues.

Incidentally, in ‘devvadodhu’ – the Pujari or the other Chosen ones speak while in trance in BADAGA only till midnight. If it continues after that the ‘predictions’ are given in Kannada.

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24 responses to “Hethe(y) Habba

  1. Wg.Cdr.JP, thanks for your efforts. Most of the people not aware of this web site. All Badaga people should contribute a small efforts like you for badaga community. Hethay Amma’s blessing for you. – Katti Bhojan, Kallakorai.

    Katti Bhoja, thank you very much. Your words are inspiration and motivation to me. – JP

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  2. The photos consists of Jakkadha [Jegathala] Hethai.Hethai habba is celebrated over 14 places.

    Fully agree. Probably, along with Beraganni and Pedhuva, Jakkadha Hethai [Eera Maasi Hethe] Habba is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm mainly by Aaru Ooru [six hattis of which Jakkadha is the head village] belonging to Porangaadu Seemae. Please send more information of Jakkadha Hethe and Habba and the same will be published with pleasure and honour. – Wg Cdr JP

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  3. I tend not to leave a response, but after reading through a ton of comments here Hethe(y) Habba | Badagas of the Blue Mountains.

    I do have a few questions for you if you don’t mind.
    if you are writing on additional sites, I’d like to keep
    up with everything fresh you have to post. Could you list of the complete urls of your public pages
    like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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  4. SIVAKUMAR.B [ Muckimalai village]

    Very nice job done. Keep it up. We are all in co-operation with you.

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  5. Mohan kumar (Jegathala)

    We can show our unity only by remembering our HETTHAI. Propagate this site through facebook. Good going.

    Thank you, Mohan – Wg Cdr JP

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  6. Vinoth Sandhiya (THANTHANADU)

    I LOVE Hethai Amma and PEDHUVA GUDI. Love Badaga Songs

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  7. Rajeswari Devabettan

    Very nice messages and the details you have given are enormous & I loved reading it. Every baduga should see this website. My best wishes! Great going!

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  8. Nunthuva Hethai. I am proud to be a Badaga and proud to have been born in Nundhuva

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  9. MATHESHWARAN - BUDTHI KOOSS (KAPPATTY)

    nanga ella hetha ammana makka embuthu thoga appara punniya madibuthu…

    beraganiga barivo
    hetha ammana noduvo
    hethaya vaku
    sinnatha vaku

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  10. thanks for the info….mr.jp

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  11. Its very useful to all Badagas.Keep it up.Congrts to Bellie Jayprakash

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  12. shalini nellimandu

    I am happy to tell I am a Badaga

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  13. vinoth. shalini. janani selvaraj.kallinganatty

    we are proud to be badaga

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  14. Sreedharan (Pudhuhatty)

    I showed this website to all my friends working with me in Chennai. They were surprised to read about our Hettai Habba festival and the culture. I am so proud to be a Badaga.

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  15. hethai habba great festival meant for badagas

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  16. Am really happy and proud to be badaga.. Am from Belithala, grandson of Bai Madhan Gowder. Good to see Hethai Habba and Guru pujari Krishna Somi photos, yesterday I was talking to him and my dad (BM Babu)on phone. Last year same time I was in Madi Mane for a week – walking with Hethai every where! Today they will be visiting Beragani hattai.. Sadly couldnt make it this year. But Hethai is and will be in my thoughts always!

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  17. sathish harikrishnan

    badaga language and badagas are my life

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  18. Eashwara Moorthy

    Im very very proud to be a Badaga……Our community is one which respects all the living aspects….HETHAI AMMA is the word which comes out of in all situations…….

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  19. Thank you Ramasasthri,

    It has been my sincere hope that visitors [mostly youngesters from all over the world- the latest 100 visitors is indeed very revealing] would send in their contributions in any form be it articles, anecdotes, pictures or anything as long as it is on/about or related to Badaga. It will be my honour and pleasure to publish the same on this website.

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  20. the web site has shown an enormous development in the endovear of mr. JP. moving ahead, feasibility contributions of our people who visit regular could be uploaded from anywhere, blogs, email sign up, etc can also be added in the website. a community network could also be adoptable for sharing information, photographs, videos, and inviting friends of our and other community. this is in the intention to explore ours to the world. i wish and encourage for the further development to be implemented as soon possible.

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  21. A person born as a badaga should contribute something for our community. I would like to thank the person who added these photos. Hail Hethe !

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  22. The details about Badaga and the hatties is really good. But still we want to design somewhat good like “login” fesilities. and add more photos “1. villages 2. people 3. temple 4. Torist Place
    5. Rivers 6. Roads and news about badaga community and about nilgiri.

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  23. This is an extrodinary work. There are no words to express my happiness. These photos are very rare. Through this website definetly we can enhance the prestige of our culture. Many people dont know about this website, so I request you to take steps on this.

    JP replies : Thank you very much. I am working on this.

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  24. The awareness matters.

    Hinduism was at the verge of fading untill great sanyasis such as Chinamayanada sarawathi,Dayanada saraswathi made it so simple to understand, from sanskrit to common language, by one and all. Now large chunk of people started having total faith in religion. Badaga rituals, if you read more & more of Vedantas & upanishads, unfold the significance of our badaga rituals. It is simply great. Slogas,rituals & actions are meaningfull only when we understand them. Please find out the treasure with in. Iam sure you will know why we always say I am proud to be a Badaga.

    I am emotionally moved by Jaypeé’s efforts of bringing wealth of information to badagas.God bless Jaypee.Long live Jaypee.

    Moghan

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