Dasara ends on a colourful note

12-10-2016
TOI

Heavy rain that lashed minutes after the commencement of the procession took the sheen off of the 10-day festival. However, the organisations and the clubs presented their innovative plots that use digital technology to make the procession more vibrant. Lakhs of devotees and tourists witnessed the Dasara procession that started from Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Temple at 4pm. Idols of Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kooshmanda, Sidhidhathri, Magagowri, Mahakali, Kathyayani, Skandamatha, Adhishakthi, Shailaputhri, Annapoorneshwari and Ganesha installed at the temple as part of the festival were taken in the procession.
Idols of Sri Sharade, Mahaganapathi and Brahmashri Narayana Guru were also taken in the procession along with Navadurge.
A festive mood gripped the city with streets illuminated and people from distant places thronging the city to witness the procession. Former Union minister B Janardhana Poojary, who is the chief of the temple, led the procession and festival rituals on the last day of Navaratri. The idols were placed on the decorated trucks after poojas were offered at the temple. More than 100 trucks with tableaux that reminisce gods, epics, yakshagana, cultural dance and pili vesha (tiger dance) enthralled the young and elderly alike.
The procession passed through Mannagudda, Lady Hill Circle, Lalbagh, PVS Circle, Navabharath Circle, KS Rao Road, Hampankatta road, Ganapathi High School road, Car Street, Alake before coming back to the temple. As per the tradition, after pooja rituals, the idol of Sri Sharade is immersed at the Temple pond to mark the end of the festival.People, who gathered on both sides of the city roads, welcomed the procession with utmost festive spirit. Many devotees offered aarati and fruits to the idol of Sri Sharade on the way.
In fact, the concept of celebrating Mangalore Dasara along with Navaratri festival was started at Kudroli Temple 26 years ago. The temple celebrated the 104th Navaratri festival this year under the guidance of Poojari.
At Mangaladevi temple
The annual Rathayatre was held at Sri Mahathobhara Mangaladevi Temple in the city on Tuesday. Thousands of devotees thronged the temple to witness the festival rituals. Earlier, Vidyarambham, introducing children into the world of letters, was held at the temple premises. The festival rituals will conclude at the temple on Wednesday.

 

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