About the Okka
When ancestors of this okka tried to escape Tipu’s solders, the eldest of them was quite old (an ajja). When he got married and raised a family, this okka was called ‘Ajjanḍa okka’ or ‘Ajja makkaḍa okka’, which became Ajjamaḍa over time.
The land originally belonged to Kurchi Nambiar who fought Tipu and then fled to Kerala. The King gave his land to this okka, asking them to keep a watch out for enemies coming from the west. The foundation of Kurchi Nambiar’s old house can be seen in the Thota .
It is said that the area was the nele of 101 gods, and when the Ajjamaḍa ancestor had to plant a stake to mark the foundation of the first ainmane, he had to escape detection by these gods.
The Seetha koỊa (pond) near the ainmane has an interesting legend. It is believed that when Rama and Seetha came this way, Seetha became very thirsty and drank water from this pond. She liked the taste of the water and was captivated by the beauty of this place. She blessed the pond that it would never go dry, and the pond was named after her. Water from this koỊa is kept as meedi in the ainmane. This pond always has water – it neither becomes dry nor overflows during the monsoons.
It is said that when Kurchi Nambiar fled from here, he threw his jewellery into the seetha koỊa. Elders used to say that in the past, whenever there was a severe thunder-storm, they would hear strange jangling sounds (of the jewellery) in the pond. That is no longer heard.
- Ajjamada Mandanna
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- Ajjamada Raghu Bopaiah