Manki

'The Land of Peace'

Imagine a place filled with greenery, birds preaching on the trees, the green hills clearly seen from the window, the raindrops which can be touched from the courtyard and different plantations seen from the lawn. This seems the utmost beautiful place you can expect in today’s environment. And if you are looking for something like this then here is the place exactly like this. It’s called Manki, “the Land of peace”.

Manki falls under Honnavara Taluk, Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka State, India. It is located on the shore of the Arabian Sea and between Goa and Mangalore, about 100 km from Karwar. It lies on NH-17 running between Mumbai and Mangalore.

"The soul of India lives in its villages", declared M. K. Gandhi.

Apparently it is the largest village in Karnataka with dense forest and hefty mountains. The population is crowded with majority of Muslim occupant along with Hindus and Christians. Majority of Muslims are Nawayaths and Nawayati is the most widely spoken language by Nawayathi Muslims.

 

History

When we go back to the history, the Nawayaths have the ancestry connection with Arabs and Persians, the traders who had set ashore here via Arabian Sea during Medieval times. Apart from that Manki has witnessed the emergence and downfall of numerous dynasties and rulers.

Manki was a part of Hoysala empire from 1291 until 1343.

Hoysala empire:

Early inscriptions, dated 1078 and 1090, have implied that the Hoysalas were ancestors of the Yadava by referring to the Yadava vamsa (clan) as Hoysala vamsa. But there are no early records directly linking the Hoysalas to the Yadavas of North India. The downfall of Hoysala resulted in the rise of another super power. Manki later fell into the hands of the Vijayanagara empire.

Vijayanagara Empire: (Established 1336 - 1646)

Vijayanagara Empire is referred as the Kingdom of Bisnaga by the Portuguese, it was an empire based in South India in the Deccan Plateau region. It was established in 1336 by Harihara I and his brother Bukka Raya I of the YadavaThe empire is named after its capital city of Vijayanagara, whose impressive ruins surround modern Hampi, now a World Heritage Site in modern Karnataka, India.

Vijayanagara Empire dominated all of Southern India and fought off invasions from the five established Deccan Sultanates. The empire reached its peak during the rule of Krishnadevaraya when Vijayanagara armies were consistently victorious. Krishnadevaraya was followed by Achyuta Raya in 1530 and in 1542 by Sadashiva Raya while the real power lay with Aliya Rama Raya, the son-in-law of Krishnadevaraya, whose relationship with the Deccan Sultans who allied against him has been debated.

The empire went into a slow decline regionally. Eventually the Saluva rulers (jain) of Hadwalli, a town on the State Highway leading to Jog Falls brought this desirable Village under their control.

Tipu Sultan’s Era: Manki was under the ruling of Tipu Sultan until late 70s, when Tipu was assassinated and it fell into the hands of the British until independence.

 

Geography

Manki is located at 11° 58′ 01″ N 74° 34′ 01″ E. It has an average elevation of 3 metres (9.8 ft)and the time zone is (UTC+05:30)IST.

Languages

"Nawayathi" and "Kannada" are the most spoken languages alongside Konkani. Most of the Nawayaths are economic migrants working in various foreign countries, especially Saudi Arabia and Dubai; as a result they have mastered Arabic too.

Developments

The government has stepped up spending in recent years. Perhaps it counts for little and the real contribution comes from the individuals and community as a whole. Economic growth is generally the result of educational advancement. Credit must be given to Al-Hilal English School and Madrasa Rehmania, renowned educational institutions of Manki, for playing their part in imparting necessary inputs and raising the educational standards in the process. They played a major role in transition of modern education by expanding the possible streams and by persuading younger generation to aim higher. Gone are the days when people had set a trend of getting through class 10th and flying abroad in search of bread and butter. Current trend has been “Aim sky, fly high”, where most of the students are moving to various cities for higher studies and have shown tremendous growth and high success rate by fetching respectable positions in various organizations.

The other reason behind the growth is the rise of income inflow from the gulf and other foreign countries. There is an enormous flourish in rise of businessmen rising from nowhere. Most of the businessmen have tried their luck in electronics retail and wholesale and have been quite successful. Apart from electronics, textile, food and beverages are also trendy and most common occupations.

Communities don’t develop overnight. It requires a lot of dedication and contribution from each person who belongs to it. Looking at the way things are moving forward, the future of Manki looks as bright as a new penny.

Education


Al-Hilal English School acts as a stepping stone for younger generation by putting them in order and helps them acclimatize for forthcoming challenges.

The educational development has seen drastic changes in recent years. Education system has come a long way from being obligatory to be a graduate to moving into various streams since the establishment of Al-Hilal English School. Students are far more focused on the goal of pursuing higher education and have yielded positive results. They are backed by the elders and superiors are stepping-up and taking initiatives in the process of educating children and creating the future which can be an intellectually stimulating and very rewarding in near future.

Mosques

We have seen thee (O Prophet) often turn thy face towards heaven (for guidance) and now we shall indeed make thee turn in prayer in direction which will fulfill thy desire. Turn then, thy face towards the Inviolable House of Worship; and wherever you all may be, turn your faces towards it (it Prayer)!-an interpretation of Ayat No. 144 of Al-Baqarah from the Holy Qur’an.

Perhaps no other religion in the world has given so much significance to prayer as Islam has. Prayer is indeed one of the pillars of Islam. And that is how mosques have come to occupy the pride of place in the life of Muslims and that is why the Muslim hold the mosque dear and near to their hearts.

Manki greets you with the splendid minarets. Once the voice of the muezzin’s call for prayer resounds and waves of the sea carry it far and wide, you could hardly see anyone outside the mosque. With 10 mosques Manki enjoys the distinction of being the village of mosques. Jamia Masjid, which is by far the biggest mosque in the village belong to earlier period and has been demolished and built anew in late 90s.

Tourism and Cuisine 

Manki has exciting ranges of natural sightseeing spots, alluring and appealing places of tourist interest and scintillating places that makes it a truly amazing place to visit. Places like Chippekal, Madi beach, and Manki Dargah are places that you cannot afford to miss at any cost. It is amazingly gifted by the nature as well as is home to rich flora and fauna.

One of the biggest tourist attractions around is Idagunji’s Vinayaka temple. It is barely 1.5kms away from the center. The temple attracts more than 1 million devotees every year.

The other tourism spots include Murudeshwara. It is a town 16kms away from Manki and falls under Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district. Murudeshwara beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is famous for its Shiva statue, which is world's second-tallest.

As far as Cuisine is concerned it’s widely large because of the integration of different cultures. However, the most preferred food has always been rice, fish, and meat.

The people of Manki have preferred and replicated most of their foods from the neighboring regions including Kerala and other southern parts of India. Seafood has been the basis of the favorite diet for centuries. Alcohol is prohibited in most of the hotels.

One will miss out on a great experience and great food if he doesn’t visit Manki. Literally it’s a piece of heaven. As stated by "Ibn-E-Batuta", it’s the “Land of peace”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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