Mangalore, Aug 21, 2014: Former Union minister and Kudroli Temple chief patron B Janardhan Poojary stated in a press release that Siddaramaiah will formally inaugurate Mangalore Dasara at the temple premises on September 27 at 6.30pm. Under the guidance of Poojary, who was instrumental in renovating the temple, Mangalore Dasara is being held in the city for the past two decades.
It may be recalled that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had inaugurated Mangalore Dasara 2012 and in 2013, it was Sri Kshetra Dharmastala dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade who launched the festival. Chief minister Siddaramaiah has agreed to inaugurate Mangalore Dasara 2014. The festival this year will be as vibrant as ever. All preparations are in full swing to make Mangalore Dasara 2014 vibrant," Poojary said.
Most of the temples in the city including Sri Mangaladevi Temple celebrate Navaratri, but the festival at Kudroli Temple has its own significance as it is being celebrated as ’Mangalore Dasara’. Installation of Navadurge and Mahaganapathi idols during the festival attracts large number of devotees and tourists to Kudroli. The Mangalore Dasara procession held every year marks the end of ten-day festival at Kudroli Temple.
It was the vision of Brahmashree Narayana Guru, great reformer of Shivagiri in Kerala, that all section of the society should have entry into temples and should be allowed to participate in all temple rituals. Narayana Guru himself had consecrated the Shivalinga at Kudroli temple in 1912 at a time when backward communities and dalits were denied entry into temples. Later, the temple was renovated and inaugurated by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on February 8, 1991. mangaloreans look forward to this festival at Kudroli every year.