How Karnataka Villagers Bid Adieu to a Friendly Sparrow

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The villagers remembered how the bird added a little excitement to their otherwise boring days of epidemics.

Sparrow visited every home every day and people were very connected. It was a little sparrow that came out of nowhere and befriended men, to their own surprise. On January 26, the sparrow died.

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Villagers at Basavapatna in Shidlaghatta taluka of Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka gathered on the spot and mourned the death of a dear friend. That friend visited every home every day and people were very connected. It was a little sparrow that came out of nowhere and befriended men, to their own surprise. On January 26, the sparrow died. Seeing the dead bird, the villagers were in mourning. They decided to organize a funeral and bid him farewell just like any other human being. The villagers buried him and built a beautiful tomb in his memory. On the 11th day, they made all the necessary offerings and gathered in one place. They all paid their last respects to Sparrow and also fed the village non-vegetarian food in his memory. The village elders took this responsibility and conducted the prayer meeting.

A pandal was erected and banners with the image of Sparrow were printed on it. The villagers remembered how the bird added a little excitement to their otherwise boring days of epidemics. “Every morning a bird would come to my porch and then I knew it was 8 o’clock in the morning. I would keep a handful of grain for him and he would so actively pick up every grain and fly away. Even our visiting relatives loved the little animal. My kids were always waiting for that to come. It made our morning better. We will miss him for a long time, ”said Savita Rayanna, a resident of the village.

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