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Local gods also matter

Source : 259   On   31 Oct 2018
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Ranjith Divakar works with an iron and steel major in Bhadravati, Karnataka, and his wife Varsha is a manager with a Mumbai-based beauty salon. They have both sought leave from work to attend a puja of their family's bhuta (guardian ghoul/spirit) at their Karkala home. Divakar says bhutas are worshipped in every village and home across Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka, and Kasargod district in Kerala. "While Christianity or Islam converts don't worship them directly, even they believe in their powers and send offerings," says this IT engineer, citing neighbours and family friends who do so.