Bhuta Kola – Special Events in Mangalore
Bhuta Kola or Holy Spirit Worship is an ancient form of worship prevalent among the Tulu-speaking community in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka and Kasargod district in Kerala. The nearest to it is Theyyam in Kerala.
A common form of worship and the Popular belief is that the almighty power enters the human body and blesses the people. Bhuthas are divine spirits, it is said that these divine spirits are around us, our family, our house and are protecting us from all evil things in life. So once in a year Bhoothada kola is arranged in the house (guttu house) for peace and harmony in the family. On this day the house owner (either the father or the eldest son) offers Tender coconut, Toddy and Chicken to the Bhutha. It is also a practice that in case of any auspicious event at home like marriage, property dealings, recovered from ill health or child birth the elders give Kola that year to bless the new wedded couple and the child. It is a night long ceremony, sometimes continues for 2-3 days. Large number of spectators come from near by place to watch this.