Mangaluru, Jan 20, 2015 : It’s common to use ferry service to cross a river in the absence of a bridge. But just imagine a scene wherein boats are lined up to form a temporary bridge for people to walk over and cross the river? Interesting isn’t it? This was the scene near the Netravathi River close by the National Highway 75 at Adyar Kannur in Mangaluru taluk recently.
The unique arrangement was to facilitate devotees to visit the Rahmania Darga Sharief at Nadupalli in the midst of the river where a Uroos was held on January 17 and 18. People visiting the Darga Sharief for the Uroos enjoyed their walk on this unique bridge for two days, courtesy the local sand miners who suspended their business for two days and provided 80 boats for this unique bridge service.
The Rahmania Darga Sharief has a history dating back to nearly four centuries and is surrounded by river Netravathi on all the four sides. If usually devotees visited this mosque using boats, this time they did not have to take that trouble as they could walk along this boat bridge.
There is a belief among devotees that prayers at the Dargah will fulfil the wishes of farmers and also help in providing relief to the sick.Also there are two sweet water wells near the Dargah though other wells in the area have saline water.