Karnataka devotee killed in stampede, 70 injured in Banni stick fight – Reuters

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By Express press service

KURNOOL: A Karnataka devotee died in a stampede and at least 70 were injured in the traditional Banni stick fight held on the Devaragattu hills near the Sri Malamalleswara Swamy temple at Holagunda Mandal of Kurnool district on Wednesday evening.

The deceased was identified as Ravindra Reddy (17), a resident of Madasuguru village, Karnataka.

Seven injured were transferred to the Adoni region government hospital for treatment. The other injured were being treated at Aluru Hospital. The Banni festival (traditional stick fighting), also called Karrala samaram, was held in a grand fashion on the Devaragattu hills on the outskirts of Neradiki village in Holagunda mandal on Wednesday evening.

Nearly three lakh people from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana crowded the hill to watch the festival while up to 3,000 people clashed with sticks, as part of the ‘banished’ celebrations.

According to the chairman of the temple committee, G Sreenivasulu, Lord Siva took the form of Bhairava to kill two Rakshasas – Mani and Mallasura. He killed the two demons by fighting with sticks and made sure there was no problem for humanity. People believe that causing blood wounds in fights with sticks is a good omen.

According to tradition, the villagers of Neradiki, Neranikitanda and Kothapeta representing the disciples of the lord, at midnight the Dasara, took the idols of Mala Malleswara Swamy of Devaragattu to their respective villages and the villagers of Ellarti, Arikera, Maddigeri, Nitranatta, Sulavai and Hebbetam representing the followers of the demons, prevented them.

In this process, the two groups fought fiercely with sticks. However, neither group is suing each other. Although they fight hard that day, they have no personal grudge against each other. The district police department has deployed nearly 1,300 police officers for the “peaceful” conduct of the festival.

KURNOOL: A Karnataka devotee died in a stampede and at least 70 were injured in the traditional Banni stick fight held on the Devaragattu hills near the Sri Malamalleswara Swamy temple at Holagunda Mandal of Kurnool district on Wednesday evening. The deceased was identified as Ravindra Reddy (17), a resident of Madasuguru village, Karnataka. Seven injured were transferred to the Adoni region government hospital for treatment. The other injured were being treated at Aluru Hospital. The Banni festival (traditional stick fighting), also called Karrala samaram, was held in a grand fashion on the Devaragattu hills on the outskirts of Neradiki village in Holagunda mandal on Wednesday evening. Nearly three lakh people from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana crowded the hill to watch the festival while up to 3,000 people clashed with sticks, as part of the ‘banished’ celebrations. According to the chairman of the temple committee, G Sreenivasulu, Lord Siva took the form of Bhairava to kill two Rakshasas – Mani and Mallasura. He killed the two demons by fighting with sticks and made sure there was no problem for mankind. People believe that causing blood wounds in fights with sticks is a good omen. According to tradition, the villagers of Neradiki, Neranikitanda and Kothapeta representing the disciples of the lord, at midnight the Dasara, took the idols of Mala Malleswara Swamy of Devaragattu to their respective villages and the villagers of Ellarti, Arikera, Maddigeri, Nitranatta, Sulavai and Hebbetam representing the followers of the demons, prevented them. In this process, the two groups fought fiercely with sticks. However, neither group is suing each other. Although they fight hard that day, they have no personal grudge against each other. The district police department deployed nearly 1,300 police officers for the “peaceful” conduct of the festival.

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