Mangalore is not just our hometown. It is also one of the most amazing places in the world.
Did you know the following facts about the city?
Fact #1: It is the only city in the world that has nine names.
Mangalore is called Mangalore in English, Mangaluru in Kannada, Kudla in Tulu, Kodial in Konkani, Maikala in Beary, Mangalapuram in Malayalam, Manjuran in Sanskrit, Kaudal in Urdu, and Manjiloree in Arabic.
Fact #2: Foreigners wrote dictionaries in two Indian languages and both are Mangalorean languages.
The first people to conduct research on Tulu were Rev. Kammer and Rev. Manner, both German missionaries. Rev. Krammer compiled 3000 Tulu words and their meanings before his death. Rev. Manner, who continued his work, published the first Tulu dictionary in 1886.
In 1883, Fr. Maffei compiled the English – Konkani dictionary, and in 1885, he compiled a Konkani – English dictionary. These two dictionaries were the first of their kind in the Mangalorean Roman Catholic (RC) dialect of Konkani.
Fact #3: Mangalore is a multilingual city.
We are polyglots. We not only speak a number of languages, but also several dialects of the same language.
- Two dialects of Tulu, including the Shivalli Brahmin Tulu
- Three dialects of Konkani – Gowda Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) Konkani, RC Konkani, and Kudubi Konkani.
- Different dialects of Kannada
- Different dialects of Malayalam
Fact #4: Marriage is very important to the people of Kudla.
In fact, it is so important that certain communities in the outskirts of the city even conduct the marriage ceremonies of family members who died young and single. These simple villagers believe that those who died young and single will return as discontented ghosts and give them trouble.
Several such spirit weddings are held in the months of July and August (also known as the month of Aati). All the wedding rituals are performed, including the giving away of gold and jewellery to the groom’s family. The festive wedding garments purchased for the bride and the groom, along with the jewellery, are kept safely for a year and then given away to people of certain castes.
Fact #5: You don’t have to pay for afternoon meals in Mangalore.
If you are hungry, just head over to any of the major temples of Mangalore. Some examples are Subramanya, Dharmasthala, Krishna Mutt, and Kollur. These temples provide free afternoon meals to thousands of people every day.
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