REAL Kantara: Significance of Būta Kōlā, Deities & Rituals

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Rithwik Subramanya is an MBA graduate from the University of Bath, one of the premier institutes in Europe. He is the owner of Subbu Publications, which is dedicated to promoting Indian ethos, tradition, and values. This publication has published over 50 books and has 20+ scholars in its portfolio. He also runs a baking and food processing company that has spread across Karnataka with 18 stores. Today, Rithwik Subramanya shares his expertise in the niche of Būta Kōlā and its significance in the spiritual realm. This niche is known to be found only in Karnataka and Kerala. Rithwik dwelled on the meaning of Būta Kōlā and what happens in the ritual. He talks about the 3 Trinity Worship that happens in his region, explains the reality behind Kantara, dwells on the meaning of Shraddha and how it helps our ancestors, and much more.


In a recent episode of The Ranveer Show, I embarked on a captivating exploration of the spiritual and cultural practices unique to Southwestern India, particularly Karnataka and Kerala. With the insightful Rithwik Subramanya as my guide, we navigated the depths of traditions that have stood the test of time.

A Temple Experience Outside Mumbai

Our journey began with my recounting of a profound spiritual experience at a temple located just outside Mumbai. The atmosphere was electric, with devotees immersed in intense rituals. Some were so moved that they fell and screamed, driven by their deep faith and the belief that this annual ritual appeases a certain deity, shielding them from its potential wrath.

Bollywood and the Divine

We discussed the famed Kukke Subramanya temple, a place of reverence for many, including Bollywood heroines. The temple is home to a deity believed to possess an uncanny ability to discern intimate details about its devotees, such as familial ties and personal challenges.

The Transformative Power of Worship

On a personal note, I shared how my life has taken a turn for the better since I began worshipping a specific deity. This episode, rich in tales of the paranormal intertwined with spirituality, is bound to intrigue and perhaps challenge your beliefs.

Tantra in the Southwestern Landscape

Our conversation meandered into the world of “Tantra”, shedding light on the myriad tantric practices that have taken root in western and southwestern India.

Tulunadu’s Unique Spiritual Tapestry

Tulunadu, stretching from parts of Karnataka to Kerala, is a land of spiritual richness. Here, a three-fold worship system prevails: the veneration of Vedic gods like Shiva and Vishnu, the worship of Nagas (serpents), and the intriguing rituals dedicated to Bhutas (spirits). Legend has it that this land was reclaimed from the sea by the avatar Parashurama.

Bhuta Kola – Divine Dialogues

“Bhuta Kola” stands out as a ritual that facilitates two-way communication between the divine and the devotee. Through a chosen human medium, the deity responds, offering insights, blessings, or even warnings.

The Cinematic Lens – “Kantara”

The film “Kantara” beautifully encapsulates the region’s spiritual practices, with a special focus on the deity “Panjurli”. This deity, often perceived as a guardian, ensures the community’s safety. In contrast, “Guliga” is invoked as a fierce protector against adversities.

Bridging the Gap to the Divine

While the vastness of deities like Shiva or Vishnu might seem distant, they’ve dispatched their “Ganas” or divine emissaries to bridge the gap. These spirits or lesser deities cater to specific needs, ensuring that the divine connection remains intact.

This episode was a deep dive into the spiritual heart of a region that seamlessly blends tradition with mysticism. My heartfelt thanks to Rithwik Subramanya for sharing his vast knowledge.

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