Mangaluru, Oct 09, 2018: Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple, Kudroli, will launch the Gokarnanatha Arogya Card for BPL families. At least 10,000 families will be given health cards by next Dasara.
Temple Committee treasurer Padmaraj R, who addressed a press meet on Monday, said that the health card will benefit the poor families availing of treatment at the outpatient ward in AJ Hospital in Mangaluru. “As the government health schemes benefit patients who get admitted to hospitals, the poor who are treated as outpatients are denied assistance,” he explained.
He said that as per the agreement with the AJ Hospital, the hospital authorities will provide 25% discount in consultation, medical tests and other facilities available in the outpatient wards for the health cardholders.
He further said that Unity Hospital has come forward to join hands with the temple to provide 25% discount in treatment at the OPD. “In addition, 25% discount will be offered for dialysis. The memorandum of understanding will be signed shortly with Unity Hospital,” said the treasurer and added, “The temple will enter into agreements with majority of the hospitals in the district under the scheme.
Padmaraj also said that, initially, health cards will be issued to 1,000 families. The BPL families can collect the applications for the health cards and submit them by furnishing the required details.
As promised last year during Dasara, the temple had already launched Vidya Nidhi, Arogya Nidhi, and Samajika Nidhi recently to help the poor. Under Vidya Nidhi, scholarships were distributed to 524 students.
Dasara celebrations : Padmaraj said that the temple would hold display of the idols of Navadurga and Sharada on October 10 as part of the Mangaluru Dasara celebrations. There would be Chandika Homa on October 17. Mass feeding will be on October 18. The grand procession marking the culmination of the celebrations will be on October 19.
Folk art teams from all 30 districts of the state will participate in addition to tableaux from all over the district.
The treasurer said that normally Dasara processions last for 16 hours. “An attempt will be made to reduce the time to 12 hours. The tableaux vehicle will necessarily have to be followed by a generator vehicle. Fire crackers are prohibited,” he explained.
Cultural programmes : Padmaraj said that Navasiri Kala Sambhrama will be held on all nine days in the evening.
Sangeetha Nritya Samagama by U K Praveen and students (Oct 10, 6 pm); magic show by Kudroli Ganesh and team (Oct 11, 6 pm); dance ballet — ‘Tulunada Sathyolo’ by Kalakumbha Samskrithika Vedike (Oct 12, 6 pm), Veena concert by Pavana B Achar (Oct 13, 6 pm), Theyyam dance by Deekshith Raj Padil and team (7.30 pm); devotional songs by Prabhakar Tannirbavi and team (Oct 14, 4.30 pm), dance by Sriraksha and team (6 pm), Carnatic vocal concert (7 pm); Bharathanatyam by Janki
D V (Oct 15, 6 pm), Yakshagana Nritya Vaibhava by Ravichandra Kannadikatte and team (6.30 pm); musical concert by Swathi Rao and team (Oct 16, 6 pm); folk songs by Dr Appagere Thimmaraju and team (7 pm); dance extravaganza by Radhika Kalluraya and team (Oct 17, 6 pm) and Bharathanatyam and folk dance by students of Amriteshwara Natyalaya (Oct 18, 6 pm) and ‘Bhakthi Bhava Rasa Sanje’ by Rameshchandra and team and ‘Gana Kuncha Nritya’ by Shabari Y Ganiga (7 pm).
Dasara procession participants must register: To ensure early completion of the Mangaluru Dasara procession on October 19, the Kudroli Gokarnanatheswara temple and the city police have put in place restrictions including asking participants to get registered with the temple. At a meeting held at the temple premises here on Monday, Mangaluru Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh said leader of each of the tableaux participating in long procession should get registered with the temple.