level out Anthiyur, a nondescript area in Erode district, and what immediately includes thoughts is its annual horse truthful, which attracts horse-lovers from throughout the nation. For over two centuries, people have converged right here by the truthful to buy basically the easiest horses. for rather a lot of, proudly owning a horse picked from this truthful is a mannequin of satisfaction and status; for some, it is an indication of prosperity.
The truthful remained suspended since 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. it is believed the observe of holding Kuthirai Sandhai (horse truthful) started when Tipu Sultan was the ruler of Mysore (1782-1799). “Our forefathers acknowledged the ruler purchased horses from Anthiyur and purchased the horses which is extra seemingly to be now not useful for the battle. by the years, the Sandhai turned trendy,” says T. Murugesan, seventy five, of Anthiyur.
A 4-km forest road, referred to as Sultan road, is located contained in the Talamalai Forest fluctuate inside the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve that served as a extreme route for Tipu Sultan’s army connecting Mysore in Karnataka and Palakkad in Kerala. “there might even be little question that the ruler started the truthful for buying and promoting horses,” he affords.
The six-day truthful is held by the Arulmigu Gurunathaswamy Temple rivals at Pudupalayam village inside the Tamil month of Aadi (August or September). round 1,200-1,500 horses are launched from throughout the nation and exhibited.
basically the most partaking
“Native indigenous breeds and unusual breeds — Marwari from Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Kathiawari from Gujarat — are basically the most partaking,” says D. Madhan Kumar of Erode, an ardent horse-lover who has visited every truthful since 2005. “The truthful is in all probability going one in every of many oldest horse gala’s inside the nation and is extra seemingly to be in contrast with the Pushkar livestock truthful held at Ajmer in Rajasthan yearly,” he factors out, whereas expressing his disappointment that the truthful had not been held since 2020.
people from various elements of the district, from Karnataka and utterly different States witness the procession of deities and go to the truthful. Horses weren’t solely exhibited however their expertise have been demonstrated to grab the eye of the agency that quantity over one lakh. “native breeds that have been used for pulling carts in Karnataka have been purchased in large numbers, whereas unusual breeds weren’t traded,” says Kumaresan, a farm proprietor in Erode. He affords that horses aren’t income-turbines, however they’re maintained for ardour and as a mannequin of status. “all people can not rear horses as upkeep value might be very extreme. It wants particular consideration and simply a few people who’ve ardour can do,” he explains.
an indication of fortune
Swirls (‘Suli’) or whorls, largely found on the extreme and neck of the horses, are believed to carry prosperity and luck to the householders. A horse with a minimal of 9 swirls is taken into consideration to be good, whereas a horse with thirteen swirls is taken into consideration basically the easiest. individuals born all by particular zodiac indicators buy particular horses. additionally, proudly owning an imposing horse is taken into consideration a standing picture amongst people, particularly in rural areas.
income for householders
Since horses from various States are assembled on the truthful, mating is accomplished for breeding. This affords the proprietor with an income. whereas an space breed is obtainable from ₹forty,000, unusual breeds are purchased for simply a few lakhs of rupees, relying upon their top and temperament. White-coloured horses are always in good demand as they’re used as reveals all by temple festivals and marriages.
R. Manoj Prasanna, 37, who owns a stud farm at Anthiyur, has been collaborating inside the truthful for 23 years now with Marwari breed. “We really feel an honour in proudly owning horses,” he says. Many personal horses for its swirl pattern. Many horse-lovers think about that if the swirl pattern matches their horoscope, their life will take an massive flip.
Desha Kumar, fifty eight, of Mevani village in Gobichettipalayam taluk, who owns two horses, says he has been visiting the truthful collectively with his grandfather and father since he was 15 years outdated. “solely in Tamil Nadu are swirls given a lot significance. however, in utterly different States, the peak, majestic look and coloration of the horse is important,” he says. His horses are expert to bounce at capabilities and temple festivals. “i am anticipating the truthful to be held in 2023,” he affords.
No truthful this 12 months too
that is the largest truthful in South India and has been held effectively for over two centuries now. The truthful was final carried out in August 2019. “This 12 months, too, solely puja is extra seemingly to be carried out on the temple and the truthful will not be carried out,” says a member of the temple organising committee. Committee members are hopeful that the rivals and the truthful could be carried out subsequent 12 months in a grand method if there might even be no menace from the pandemic.