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[Photo - below - shows the 'Nakku Betta Koottu' - the grand meeting of Badagas from all over,held under the leadership of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder (Nakku Betta Raja -Bellie Gowda) in Hubbathalai Village about a 100 years ago]


Rare Photos

Two little Badaga Girls on the cover

The picture of Badaga Man [see the Badagaru Seele he has wrapped around that has distintive borders and has not changed in centuries ] and a woman.
(From ” Badagas and Irulas of Nilgiris(MGMB Vol.II No.I) - by Thurston . E)


Photo by Royal Geographical Society
This photo taken in 1908, while showing many men shows only two women. Notice the roof of the house in the background- the complete absence of tiles (Odu). The title of this pic(1919) on ebay sale “A badaga with four wives “. Really ??

Badaga Temple (1873) made out of grass called ‘Hullu Gudi’.T he Native tribals of Nilgiris including a Badaga (but who??)From
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Kundeh Ketchigatti Hetthe & Ayya (VaNa KaNa Family)

Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder [Hubbathalai]with his bride Gauri [Jakkadha] - 1920
(Notice the typical Badaga Jewellery the bride is wearing)


Badaga gathering
(I have no idea about the occasion or the exact place and date at which this photo was taken. From Rao Bahadur Ari Gowder family archieve)
Edha Mane
Hubbathalai Hatti Dhodda Mane
( Ths is the view of Edha Mane or Inner room. All the edha manes were of the same design in typical Badaga Homes in olden days)
Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder with British Engineers and workers at Bridge No.33 between Coonoor & Mettupalayam. Bellie Gowder was involved in laying the Nilgiri Mountain Raiway, now WORLD HERITAGE, a hundred years ago. He was conferred with the title RAO BAHADUR for carrying out the excellent but challenging contract work of building this unique railway system in inhospitable forest area that also involved in cutting tunnels through rocky hills as well as building many bridges with sheer guts. He employed human power to lift the racks & rails and remove the rocks and boulders. Many of his workers were BADAGAS who addressed Bellie Gowder as BELLIE MAISTRY
Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder became very famous after help laying the Nilgiri Mountain Railway between Ooty & Mettupalayam and British Officilas who visited Nilgiris accepted his invitation to come to his house in Hubbathal Village. This photo taken on 27-12-1934 shows the water tank & “Mel Tharas” (upper street houses) of Hubbathalai
Rao Bahadur HJ Bellie Gowder with boy scouts of Hubbathai School which he built (1929)
Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder with his grand sons (1929)

Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder’s wife Mrs. Nanji Hethe with the wife of British Governor of Madras in 1930s.
( This photo was taken at Hubbathalai Hatti to which many dignitaries including the Governor along with his wife had paid visits on Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder’s invitation for functions like opening the first school built by Bellie Gowder etc. The British governor was presented with a lock - made of pure gold - that he unlocked to open the school building)
Nanji Hethe with one of the sisters of Rao Bahadur Bellie Gowder
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Nanji Hethe with her first grand daughter Radha [daughter of Mrs.Kade Idyammal (Photo taken about 65 years back) and Rao Bahadur HJ Bellie Gowder’s sister -photo taken abt 80 years back

This photo taken in 1927 of (15 years old) Kade - later on Mrs.Idyammal, daughter of Rao Bahadur H J Bellie Gowder & sister of Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder with her husband Mr.B K Bellie Gowder (Beratti)
[Parents of the author of this website Bellie Jayaprakash]
Mr.B.K. Bellie Gowder was one of the few educated Badagas who studied upto VIII in St.Antony’s School, Coonoor and completed his SSLC (School Final) from St.Michael’s High School, Coimbatore in early 1900s. There was no ‘regular’ high schools in Nilgiris in those days.

Mr.B.K. Bellie Gowder in 1969 (just before his death).
Water Colour painting by his son, Bellie Jayaprakash (that is me)
Mrs. (Kade) Idyammal.
(Photo taken on her birthday on 02-09-2006. my mom passed away at the age of 99 on 13-7-2011).
Young Men Badaga Association 1941 - 42
[ photo courtesy ; Badaga Welfare Association, Madras -Silver Jubilee & Rao Bahadur H B Ari Gowder Centenary Celebations souvenir 1993 ]
Kerbet Madha Gowder
Kerbetta Madha Gowder - Probably the only Badaga who wears the turban like a sikh. Incidentally, he is very fluent in ARABIC and teaches many muslims from Nilgiris who go to Haj
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Late Janaki Ammal, right extreme in the first photo, [wife of late Ari Kari Gowder of Hubbathalai]
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Late Kerban Bella Gowder, One of the golden Voices of Badagas, whose rendering of SAVU songs can make even the stone hearted to cry


Drawing &photos- from Paul Hockings’ books ‘Counsel from the Ancients: A Study of Badaga Proverbs, Prayers, Omens and curses’ and ‘Mortuary rituals…’
 [from the net.original source not known]
 [from Facebook - Badagas Group]


aRUNKUMAR said...

Hi.. I am Arunkumar subramani i was fortunately happened to see this website really this site seems interesting.being a badaga boy i was not aware of history of hetthai amman,but after visiting this site i came to know
Also the rare badaga photos are very good.Im very happy to see such site ... and i regularly see the updates ..good work Mr.jayaprakash..keep continuing

sanjay said...

hi anna i am sanjay from thangadu..............its good to see our past culture heritage. .its interesting...............hats off to u in doing this great work.......and making all badaga ppl to know about tis........................

yamuna said...

hello sir,
hats off ,this website talks more about badugas and it is really very intresting .PROUD TO BE A BADUGA .

Unknown said...

Great job

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