Andhra Pradesh

Cow dung cake fight a smashing hit



: Thousands of devotees, divided into two groups, threw cow dung cakes (pidakalu) at each other in “Nuggulata utsavam” at Kairuppala village in Aspari mandal in Kurnool district on Saturday evening.

A large heap of dung cakes are placed on the pathway to the Sri Veerabhadra Swamy temple in the village.

Thousands of devotees gather and divide themselves into Veerabhadra Swamy and Bhadrakali Devi groups. Sporting turbans around their heads, they hold a dung cake in one hand and a towel in another.

Others gather on rooftops and tree tops to watch the event.

Meanwhile, Narasimha Reddy of Karumanchi riding a horse comes with a large number of men from the outskirts to the temple, offers prayers and leaves.

Then begins the “pidakala samaram” (dung cake fight).

Thousands of persons of the Veerabhadra Swamy and Bhadrakali Devi groups throw dung cakes at each other for over half an hour.

Over 50 hurt

About 50 persons sustained minor injuries. The injured smear their wounds with dung cake ash kept at the temple and take rest.

After the ritual, men of both the groups greet each other in a friendly manner and disperse after having darshan of the deities.



Thousands of devotees gather and divide themselves into two groups





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