Bhootha Kola - Udupi
Bhootha Kola or spirit worship is an ancient ritual form of worship. With bhootha referring to a class of supernatural spirits and kola referring to a ceremony for the bhootha. It is noteworthy in this context that the 'Kola' is a kind of Bhootha worship that includes devotion, inspiration and entertainment.
The festival begins with the cutting of plantain and is followed by a cock fight, the coming of 'Bhandara', flag hoisting, an informal invitation, putting on the make up, wearing the Gaggara, etc. During the ceremony, the people sing a typical song, known as 'Pad-danas'. These songs are narrative epics that narrate the genesis and proliferation of the Bhootha cult.
The night long ceremon-