Tumbbad’s rich visual tale incorporates all of this and more, including greed, money, and the curse of a demon god. Rahi Anil Barve’s directorial debut, set in Maharashtra between 1918 and 1947, follows three generations of a Konkanastha Brahmin family as they search for an ancestral wealth cursed by the gods. For those who haven’t seen this indie horror film, which is possibly the best that Bollywood has to offer in years, now is the time to turn away, since, for those who have, the question of who is Hastar in Indian mythology remains unsolved. And as we try to figure out where the movie’s fallen celestial being came from, you can join us.
Who is Hastar?
Tumbbad’s terror comes from the black emptiness that every man hides within himself, not from the movement of shadows in the periphery or the creaking old iron doors. Hastar, the fallen god-turned-demon, is the creature that searches for the void within all those who want his gold. But who was Hastar, exactly? And how reliable is his story? To comprehend Hastar’s place in Indian mythology, we must first comprehend his origins.
The roots of Tumbbad’s Hastar
The world was founded by the Goddess of Prosperity, who gave birth to 16 crore gods and goddesses, according to Tumbbad’s version of Hastar’s tale. Her womb was the Earth, and she had vast (perhaps infinite) wealth and food reserves. Her firstborn, Hastar, was born from this womb, and he was both her favorite and the most evil of her children. Hastar, despite being a celestial entity, had less than honorable aims. We wanted to take control of the goddess’s fortune. His 16 crore siblings started war on him as soon as he reached for the grain, whereas she let him keep the gold (which fed gods and men alike). Hastar’s mother, who was weak and unable to endure their attacks, saved him and returned him to her woes.
Who worships Hastar?
Even though the demon god was never to be worshipped, his memory was brought back to life by a family of Konkanastha Brahmins in the Maharashtra village of Tumbbad. Vinayak (Sohum Shah), the narrator of the Hastar legend and the film’s protagonist, claims that the family went against the gods’ wishes and began to idolize their fallen brother because his curse turned out to be a gift for them. Hastar wears a seemingly inexhaustible purse of gold coins later in the film, which members of the family try to dip their hands into… at the cost of their lives.
Vinayak is overheard telling his son that the gods have cursed Tumbbad ever since their ancestors began worshipping Hastar and that their wrath falls from the heavens in the shape of endless rain. The weather, on the other hand, is probably the most pleasant element of worshipping a being whose existence was to be obliterated by divine decree. All who worship Hastar are caught in a cycle of greed that continues from generation to generation, bringing disaster and ruining families and lives.
In Indian History, who is Hastar?
Despite the fact that Tumbbad portrays Hastar as a Hindu god, Hastar is not mentioned in Indian mythology. Because all mentions of Hastar were to be obliterated as part of the gods’ terms for sparing Hastar’s life, this information fits perfectly with the movie’s lore.
It’s also worth noting that the legend of Hastar being brought down by his family is similar to the Greek mythology’s elder gods, the Titans, who were the forefathers of the Olympians. Gaia is a Greek Earth Mother deity that could stand in for Tumbbad’s Goddess of Plenty. But, while Cronus was the Titans’ leader, finally overthrown by Zeus, his own son, Hastar appeared to be an exile from the Titans Hastar, who was eventually taken down by Zeus, his own son, appeared to be a misfit from the beginning. from the very start
Mammon, whose tale is recounted in the New Testament of the Bible, is another mythical figure who resembles Hastar. Mammon, the deity of material things, is named after the Hebrew word for money. Mammon appears or is referred to as a being who promises worldly wealth and thus arouses greed.
Is there a true Tumbad village in Maharashtra?
Tumbad is a real place. Perhaps not in the same way as it does in the Sohum Shah-Aanand L Rai film, but it certainly makes an appearance in Maharashtra’s Konkan division’s Ratnagiri’s Khed district. The community is around six and a half hours from Mumbai and approximately 100 kilometers from the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. The hamlet itself served as the scene for famed Marathi novelist Shripad Narayan Pendse’s work Tumbadche Khot, albeit there is no true Tumbbad village story in terms of what the film delivered (The Khots of Tumbbad). Surprisingly, the film and the book set in Tumbad hamlet have one thing in common: both trace the journey of numerous generations of the same family.
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