Mangalore, July 26: Today is Aati Amavasya (new moon day of Aati month), a sacred day for Tuluvas. People of Karnataka coast drink ‘Paale kette Kashaya’ on this sacred day. This Kashaya is particularly consumed on Aati Amavasya.
‘Paale kette Kashaya’ is a concoction prepared by boiling the bark of Paale tree in water along with some additives like garlic, the brew turns it into a magic potion that relieves one of impending diseases which might arise out of consuming different fruits, food items, vegetables etc during the rainy season.
The drink is bitter as well as astringent. Garlic, pepper, cumin seeds etc are added to the ‘Paale’ bark when it is boiled in water. There are specific processes even for extracting Paale barks. The ‘Kashaya’ is customarily consumed before sunrise.
Elderly representatives of the family collect bark of the tree in the early morning by visiting forests, make the concoction, consume it, have bath in temple ponds, and offer prayers at the temples. Narahari Parvata near B C Road, Karinjeshwara in Vogga, Bantwal, Kirimanjeshwar near Kundapur etc., are some of the temples visited by the devotees on this day, to pray to the divine for their health and secure future.
The belief is that this ‘Kashaya’ handles ill-effects of change in climatic conditions like rainy season and summer and innate fear of spirits.