Mangaluru, Jan 25, 2018: Carstreet in Mangaluru turned colourful on Wednesday, Fubruary 13, as GSB devotees both young and old celebrated the festival of Okuli with great enthusiasm on the final day of the renowned Kodial Theru of Sri Venkataramana Temple.
Unlike previous years, a lot of restrictions were imposed in this year’s Okuli. Young boys and girls were disappointed as Dance floors, Loud speekers, water tankers and cheer dance were banned in this year. However, it was a sight to watch as people gleefully enjoyed splashing coloured water and slapping colour powder on each other.
Hundreds danced in merriment as Lord Sri Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi proceeded on the first journey of their wedded life. Tiger dance and bands were special attraction.
The annual car festival has a special significance to the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community as it is a commemoration of the divine union of Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi.