Mangaluru, April 11, 2018: Biruva Javaner, the local Billava community group of Oman organized Sri Shanishwara Mahathme Talamaddale performance and pooja at Darsait Sri Krishna Temple auditorium on Saturday, 7th April 2018. About 1200 devotees of this Tulunadu tradition and Yakshagana fans attended this first ever Shanishwara Pooja performed in Oman.
Biruva Javaner started out as a WhatsApp group and has been functioning as a friends collective actively spearheading various social, religious and service initiatives. As there was a need for having a religious programme along with entertainment to being the members together, Sri Shanishwara Pooja was organized under the leadership of entrepreneur and organizer Guruprasad, Nithin, Vijayakumar, Shivananda and the youth of Biruva Javaner.
Members of Sri Shanishwara Bhaktha Vrinda Mandali, Pakshikere, the popular Talamaddale troupe of Mangalore which has given numerous performances at various places including Dubai and Abu Dhabhi was invited to Muscat to perform during the Shani Pooja.
The Shani Pooja was performed by Purohit Sri Ravi Bhat Padubidri with Sri Dayanand Poojary and Smt. Ranjani Dayanand as the presiding couple. The Yakshagana backstage artistes included Satish Shetty Bondel, Padmanabha Shettigar, Bhaskar Bhat Kateel, and the stage artistes were Kadri Navaneeth Shetty, Seetharam Kumar Kateel, Dinesh Shetty Kavalakatte, Vijaya Kumar Shetty Molottu and Prasanna Shetty Attur. During the Deepak Raga episode the ladies performed seva with lamps. Litterateur Muddu Moodubelle and R. K. Bangera were the chief guests.
The artistes and the chief coordinator of Sri Shanishwara Bhaktha Vrinda Mandali, Padmanabha Shettigar Pakshikere, were felicitated by presenting the emblem of Oman.
Kadri Navaneeth Shetty enlightened the gathering regarding the significance of Shani Pooja. This event which saw hundreds of devotees participating in the Shani Pooja by squatting for the carpet for over five hours shows the deep interest and religious devotion of the Muscat based expatriates. Biruva Javaner group’s organizing abilities were highly appreciated by all.