Temple of Toda Tribe
The temple is a sacred place and the priest keeps himself pure and celibate for the purpose of entering it. The charge of the dairy, therefore, ranks amongst the most respected offices. Quite a handful of temples too are built by the Toda tribal community. These are built in a circular pit covered with stones and have got very much similarity in appearance and mode of building to any of the houses of the Toda tribal community. The Todas also have a 'cathedral' which has a tall conical thatched roof crowned with a large flat stone. It is surrounded by a circular wall. Only three of these now exist in the Nilgiris.
Festivals of Toda Tribe
The Todas have one important festival in the year: the Modhweth, which is held in December or January in Norsh (where the Toda claims he was created). Todas from the 20 ‘mundhs’, their traditional settlements are scattered all over the Nilgiris trek to this place. Here they pray to their Goddess, Thekish. Coffee and puffed rice are served before the festival ends.
Folk Deities of Toda Tribe
The Toda tribal community believe in 1600 or 1800 superior godlike beings, Lord Amnodr and Teikirshy are the principal deities of the Toda tribal community. According to them, the Goddess Teikirshy and her brother first formed the holy buffalo and after sometime also created the first Toda male. The first female of the Toda tribal community was produced from the right rib of the first Toda male. Almost all the Toda tribal community worship the Pandava kings of the great epic of Mahabharata.