Mangalore Dasara commences from 19 September 2009

18 September 2009

The Mangalore Dasara has become a household name in the Southern states. It is as splendid as the Mysore Dasara. It will commence from 19 September 2009 at the Kudroli Gokarnanatha Kshetra.
This will be the 17th year in succession that Mangalore Dasara is being organised on a grand scale.
The Navarathri and Mangalore Dasara celebrations will begin with the consecration of Navadurgas at the temple and the nine day festivities will include several religious and cultural programmes. The eighth day of the Navarathri utsav will be dedicated to the Sharada Mahotsava on 28 September. The Navadurgas are: Mahagowri, Mahakali, Kathyayini, Shailaputhri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmandini, Skandmatha and Siddhidhatri. These lifesize idols are taken in the procession in a convoy of tableaux numbering over 100 this time.

On the last day of the celebrations a grand procession will feature over 100 tableaux coming from all over the state and some from neighbouring states.

The route for the procession has been already decided by the Dasara Committee. It will start from Kudroli temple, Alake, Mannagudda, Lady Hill, M.G. Road, Ram Bhavan Circle Hampankatta and back to Kudroli. In the five kilometer long procession several dance and folk performing troupes coming from all over the states and the neighbouring states will participate. The procession will feature Somana Kunitha, Dollu Kunitha, Hulivesha, Yakshagana, Karaga from Bangalore, Gombae mela from Kalladka, Veeragasae from Shimoga, Trishur colour umbrella dancers Chende and Panchavadya from Kerala , Kolata from Andhra Pradesh, 100 drummers troupe from Pune Maharashtra and many other local folk performers will also join the procession.

The temple trust has decided to keep the `Gangavatharana’ (Ganga flowing from the crown of Lord Shiva) in operation for all the nine days during the Navarathri. The depiction has four idols of 13 feet high Shiva with high power water spouts jutting into the sky to a height of 100 feet with the water from four sides reach their pinnacle the water takes the shape of a Shivalingam. The changing colour lights adds a different glory to the site.

It is estimated that every time during the Dasara nearly 10 lakh people visit the temple, in 2007 it had risen to 10.6 lakhs and the temple authorities are sparing no resources to accommodate over 11 lakh people this time. Several arrangements including the large scale anna santharpana (mass feeding of Prasadam) to the devotees has been planned. Devotees from all over the country and some from abroad are going to visit during the nine days of Navarathri.

All through the nine day festivities there will be a variety of cultural programmes including folk, music, ballets and dance drama and plays on various themes.

The preparations for Dasara is coming to an end. The Kudroli temple has been fully painted and the route of the procession has been lit with colourful lights. The procession has its own charm as the people from all walks of life.



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