About the Okka
The Monnanda okka lived in their first ainmane on the slopes of the Male thirike hill near Virajpet. The hill can be seen from the present ainmane(Kuklur) and the foundation of the old house on the hill is still there. When Tippu attacked the ainmane and killed all the people in the okka (there were 13 thott kunjhiya – infants in cradles in the ainmane then), one old man escaped and came down and built a ainmane in Kuklur.
It is believed that when goddess Kali ‘came’ here, an ancestor of this okka gave her shelter and some cow’s milk, so she settled here as Bhadrakali.
- Monnanda Jooby Somaiah
- Monnanda A. Devaiah