Tulunadu, a region in coastal Karnataka, is a unique blend of folk and Vedic traditions, according to Dr. Pundikai Ganapayya Bhat, a retired professor of ancient history and archaeology at Dhavala college Moodubidiri.
Dr. Bhat was speaking at a special lecture on "Tulunadu Temple Culture" organized by the History Department of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College on Wednesday. "Tulunadu is often called the land of gods," Dr. Bhat said. "The region is home to a rich mix of folk and Vedic traditions. Folk traditions, such as spirit worship, are rooted in the land, while Vedic traditions, such as temple worship, are imported from outside. These two traditions have come together to create the unique culture of Tulunadu.". Dr. Bhat said that the region is home to over 4,000 temples, many of which are centuries old. He said that these temples are a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Tulunadu.
The lecture was attended by Dr. B.A. Kumar Hegde, principal of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College; Dr. Sanmati Kumar, head of the History Department; Dr. Abhijna Upadhyay, associate professor; and Devadhas, student representative. Students Maria and Tejaswini welcomed and anchored the program.