Sangolli, Turmari and Hunasikatti

Continued from Kittur Fort.

The 15 kilometers road to Sangolli was a mix of tarred and dirt patches but not uncomfortable. About a kilometer before Sangolli a direction board at 4-way junction caught my attention. The arrow pointing to the left was for Turmari, the village where many scenes from Shankar Nag's first movie Ondanondu Kaladalli were shot. main location being Turmari Goudaramane. It was a long time wish to see the village and the house but I was not able to locate the village until this moment. Another destination got added.

Sangolli is a small village and the bus-stand happens to be at western end. I stopped at a shop selling cool drinks and tender coconut to inquire if there was any memorial or a museum for Krantiveera Rayanna. No museum but there's one community hall named after Rayanna and a statue just across the street. While the shop keeper pointed out the directions, another person got into the conversation- Mahesh from Kittur, volunteered to show me the statue.

That's Rayanna, with a sword and a shield.

Well done artwork.

That's the community hall mostly used for weddings. Few villagers were busy washing the floor. I asked for the hose and ran water over my feet and arms was refreshing.

One of the villagers invited us to see the temple dedicated to Rayanna.

That's Rayanna's idol flanked by two wooden weights used for bodybuilding workouts. The one on the right is an ancient one, used by Rayanna himself and the one on the left is a recently to complete the tradition of maintaining a pair of weights. These weights are to be twirled around to strengthen muscles in the wrist and forearms- warriors needed powerful arms to wield sword & shield.

With eyes shut Rayanna seems to be meditating. His face projects a serene expression.

I said bye to the temple caretaker. I mentioned my plan to visit Turmari to Mahesh and he agreed to join me. We headed back to Sangolli bus-stand, had a lime soda at the only cool drink shop and bid bye to Sangolli.

Sangolli-Turmari is just 7 kilometers. At Turmari we asked our way to our destination, Shri B C Patil's house. As I drove through the streets I tried to recall scenes from Ondanondu Kaladalli ...even though the village has changed over the decades, some remain unchanged, like the stone-walls between houses and streets. Goudaramane is on the village outskirts.

The moment I saw the house lot of scene's from the movie flashed before my eyes...

The cement floor is a recent change, back then it was dirt floor.

That's the main entrance. I introduced myself to two men of the Patil family and asked permission to see their house. One of the men Umesh Patil showed me around the house.

Portions of this 300+ year old two-floor mansio has undergone changes but it's recognizable mind just compares the present to the past. Umesh told that originally the house had 100 doors. I did not bother to ask how many rooms.
Massive teak pillars adorn the center of the house.

Intricate woodwork decorates every beam-column intersection.

We climbed up the wooden staircase to the first floor.

A multi-purpose hall. Important part of Ondanondu Kaladalli were shot here. Closing scenes of the story are shot here. This gallery is similar to the gallery in Sirsangi Vaade.

Looking towards the main entrance.

Another staircase (not the one we took earlier). The movie hero Gandugali, gets stabbed and tumbles down here.

Thanks to Umesh for patiently showing us around. Few members of the Patil family actually live here, most of them have migrated to cities. I'm aware of the difficulties of maintaining such a house... its labor intensive work, yet the house is maintained well. One of the ladies told me that the walls are built of triangular mud bricks. I got to see few where plastering had fallen away. I thanked the members and we left.

Mahesh suggested a shorter route to the highway. As we drove, Mahesh told that we could see a Matta at Hunasikatti. Fine.

Hosmatt, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, right on Malaprabha river.

The place was cool and peaceful.

That's the sanctum sanctorum. ಶ್ರೀ ರುದ್ರಮುನಿ ಶಿವಯೋಗಿಗಳು ಹೊಸ್ಮಟ್.

The deity.

Two artworks caught my attention. Tortoise and two fishes.

Four monkeys but only eight limbs. When you look at individual monkeys, you can see four limbs.

There was also a short inscription dated 1912 above the doorway.

Temple caretaker's son (left), two of his relatives (middle) and Mahesh (right).

That's river Malaprabha flowing South-North. A river flowing South-North direction is considered holy in Hinduism. The place is generally peaceful but buzzes with activity on Amavasyas (no Moon days).

The Swami told us to visit during rainy season to see Malaprabha. I could imagine the water and the greenery. I've decided to visit sometime between August and October this year ...hopefully.

Under this tiled roof is the grave of the artist who built this temple.

A typical Matta will have a chariot. Hosmat too has one. Those are three of the four half buried stone-wheels which have given way to lighter wooden wheels. In the background you can see sugarcane fields, probably Matta's land.

Thanks to Mahesh, I got to see a wonderful place. We drove to Itgi Cross on NH4 where Mahesh got off and I drove towards Dharwad.

Route traveled-

Sangolli Coordinates: 15°43'4"N 74°50'1"E

Hunasikatti Coordinates: 15°42'42"N 74°45'3"E

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