Manneththina Amavasya, “mannu” means mud; “yeththu” in Kannada means bullocks and “Amavasya” means no moon day. This festival is celebrated in North Karnataka, and bullocks made of mud are worshiped by the farmers. This festival of bullocks falls on a no moon day (Amavasya) of “Jeshtha”(a season in the Hindu calendar), June-July in Gregorian calendar. This year (2013) it is on 8th June.
The farmers clean and plough their lands in the summer to facilitate sowing in the monsoon. The bullock plays an important role and assists the farmer in tilling the lands and growing the crops. Hence, the farmers treat the bullock as god.