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Every dog has its day here! Even it has temple too
Vishal Singh | 03 Feb 2011

There is a saying that 'every dog has its day'. But 57 kms away from the city of Bangalore, there is a small village in Ramnagaram district named A V Halli where dogs are not only having their days rather they have a temple for them.

THERE IS a saying that “every dog has its day”. But 57 kms away from the city of Bangalore, there is a small village in Ramnagaram district named A V Halli where dogs are not only having their days rather they have a temple for them also.

It might appear aberrant to you but it’s true that the people of this village trust their canine God profoundly and have made a temple to worship him. 
 
People of this village believe that the dog deity— ‘Sri Naayidole Veerappa’, saves them from all sorts of troubles.
 
The temple of the ‘Sri Naayidole Veerappa’ (dog God) is located next to the temple of the village deity called ‘Sri Veeramasti Kempamma’.The dog God is considered to be the most trusted lieutenant of the goddess ‘Veeramasti Kempamma’.
 
The God is considered to be extremely powerful and the villagers feel that he forsees the problems and even alert the villagers about the dangers on instructions from the ‘Sri Veeramasti Kempamma’.
 
But it is not this factor that makes the dog God so much important; rather it is the immense faith and devotion that his followers’ possess in their hearts towards him that makes the entire thing more significant.
 
To prove their devotion towards their savior, many families in the village have named their first child after the dog God.
 
In case the baby is male then he is called ‘Veerappa’ or ‘Veeranna’, and if the child is female then she is named ‘Veeramma’.
 
One significant transformation that the dog God has brought about in the village is the eradication of the evils of caste discrimination, as the priest, who worships him in his temple, belongs to the ‘dalit’ caste.
 
This incident surely is an eye opener for several societies in India, where the evil of caste and other discrimination still rules.
 
‘‘People come here and make wishes. They return to pay respects after their wishes are fulfilled,’’ said Rajesh, a devotee.
 
The villagers also conduct an annual fair devoted to the dog God.
 
Dog is perhaps one of the most loveable animal to the mankind.Humans have chanced to domesticate some of the animals, and dog is the first among them. According to Hindu Mythology, in his last journey, yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas depicted in the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’, is found to be accompanied by a dog. Hence, we can say that the history of dog is as old as the history of humanity.
 
Animal worship is not rare in the history of civilization. In Java, Kalangas have tradition of dog worshipping. Dogs were sacred to the consideration of the Harranians. Dogs were worshipped by the Nosarii. Khicha Puja is a religious festival in Nepal, and on this occasion, dogs are worshipped by the Nepalese people.
 
Even in his famous song “who let’s the dog out” the Baha Man has pronounced canine as faithful animal.
 
Whatever the reasons would be for the faith of A V Halli people, but this is true that god has some celestial connection with dog that’s why both of them are 3 letters word and can be read reversely with each other as GOD - DOG.