Mangaluru, Sep 11,2017: Harikrishna Bantwal, spokesperson and member of the temple development committee, said that the reputed traditional 10-day festivities under the stewardship of senior politician B Janardhan Poojary, has earned its own name and fame and is growing bigger with each passing year, he noted.
Chairing a preparatory meeting at the Sri Kshetra on Sept 8, Friday, Harikrishna said the dasara is being organized every year under the principle of socio-religious equality advocated by social reformer saint Brahmashree Narayana Guru and with participation of all sections of society. Noting that this tradition will be continued even this year, Harikrishna said various sub-committees have been meeting and chalking out the minutest details in this regard for past two months.
Padmaraj R, treasurer of the temple development committee said the Kshetra is renowned for worshipping Goddess Sharada along with the Navadurgas on all 10-days of the festivity and marked by a colourful procession taken out on the 10th day. Seeking help of all concerned in its successful conduct, Padmaraj said lakhs of devotees will descend on the Kshetra and it is imperative to have all the arrangements for their safety and comfort beforehand.
Opinions were also collected from the members at the preparatory meeting on how best the dasara procession could be made colourful and different compared to the previous years so that it could give the devotees and tourists an experience to cherish. The dasara procession is an overnight affair kick starting from the temple around 5pm and ending back at the Kshetra where the idols are immersed in the temple kalyani (pond) on the wee hours the following day.