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A Dog's Story- which runs in the Daud 2018-10-11 16:33:24

by Sagar Hegde Photo: Mahesh Patil

Its been more than 6-7 years, I have been participating in Belagavi’s one of the most joyous celebration- “Durga Mata Daud”. Where thousands get together to run in the early morning hours, those who never see the rising sun see it in these 9 days as well.

But one particular thing which has been surprising me every year is the participation of this Dog. Dog! Yes, a Dog and this is very fascinating.

Who brings him to the starting point of Daud which is different all the days is unknown. Once the Daud is over (Endpoints are different daily) where it goes? who guides him? are all questions yet to be answered.

What amuses me more is the religious participation of this dog, without panicking with such a huge crowd around in every Daud.

No one calls the dog or guides, but without creating any ruckus the dog diligently follows the crowd. How come the dog is attracted to this festival? Does he know what he is doing? Again am answerless. By seeing his dedication some 3 years back someone started to tie a small tailored cloth.

Some things are inexplicable in this world, one such thing I feel is the mysterious story of this Dog.