City ready for Navaratri festivities

Coastal economic hub Mangaluru is spruced up to celebrate Navaratri or Dasara with the main roads and important buildings illuminated with colourful lights even as Mangaladevi Temple and Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple are gearing up to celebrate the festival. The celebrations at Mangaladevi would commence with prayers to Lord Ganapati and inauguration by NITK’s retired professor Ramakrishna Yaji on Wednesday. The day would also witness dedication of a silver kavacha for the base of the Dhwaja Sthambha by Mulihithlu Games Team to commemorate the golden jubilee of its Huli Vesha (Tiger Dance) troupe. Mayor K. Bhaskar will inaugurate cultural programmes in front of the temple at 6 p.m. in the presence of Mangaluru North MLA Y. Bharath Shetty. Various cultural programmes, including bhajans, dances, Yakshagana Talamaddale, musical programmes, will be performed in the evenings. Rathotsava is scheduled for October 19. The valedictory will be held on October 20 to be attended by Minister U.T. Khader, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangaluru South MLA D. Vedavyas Kamath and others. At Kudroli, the festivities will start with the installation of Nava Durges and Sharada Devi at 11.50 a.m. For the next nine days, different Durga Homas will be performed at the Gokarnanatha Temple in the mornings followed by special pujas. Various cultural programmes, including music-dance fusion, magic show, Thaiyam dance, Bharatanatyam, musical programmes, will be held in the evenings. Chief Ministr H.D. Kumaraswamy is expected to officially inaugurate the celebrations on October 14. The main attraction of Mangaluru Dasara-the grand procession, from Kudroli Temple on the main roads of the city, is scheduled for October 19 at 4 p.m.

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