Gorava

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The term gorava refers to men and women belonging to the Kuruba Gowda community who have taken a special vow and dress in the traditional overcoat and headgear, and beat a damroo shouting "Elukoti.. Elukoti.. Elukoti, "(Seven crores)- the number of Goravas Mailara, armed with a bow and arrows, took to battle against a demon, Mallasura and his brother. They also dance in ritualistic warrior like dance called the "Goravara Kunitha", which involves use of a small "dollu" in one hand and a flute in other hand. Goravas wear a headgear made of bear hair. And it is a costume in most villages of Karnataka to bring young children in front of the Goravas to get their blessing and to allay the fears of children.

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