- A large quantity of foodgrains have been received as Hora Kanike from devotees as part of centenary year Dasara celebrations at Sri Venkataramana Temple on Car street in Mangaluru.
- Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, known for their Shakti Sthalas, are geared up to celebrate Navaratri/Dasara festivities starting Monday and lasting till October 5.
- Managements of temples as well as devotees are upbeat about the festivities this time because they were celebrated in subdued manner in the last two years because of the pandemic.
- Festivities-related trade and commerce activities too had taken a backseat in the last two years but they have gained momentum now.
- Prominent among the celebrations is the one at KudroliGokarnanatha Temple that has gained prominence over the years as MangaluruDasara.
- The former Union Minister and temple patron B. JanardhanPoojary will inaugurate the festivities on Monday morning on the temple premises.
- The festivities will culminate with a massive procession on October 5.
- Different pujas and cultural programmes are organised during the nine days of the festival at Kudroli.
- The ancient Mangaladevi temple by which the city received its name is decked up for the Navaratri celebrations.
- Devotees have planned to offer golden paduka to the Goddess on the first day on Monday.
- Various cultural and routine religious programmes will be organised during the nine days of the festival.
MysuruDasara is also called as Nadahabba or Nada Habba, and is recognised as a state festival in Karnataka. The major celebrations are organised by the royal family of Mysore. During the period of Mysore Dasara, the whole city is decorated, and illuminated.
The festival also witnesses the conduct of various interesting cultural programs, the prominent among it are as follows:
- Poet’s meet,
- Food Festival,
- Film Festival, etc.
Fairs and exhibitions are also conducted which lasts up to several months around the festival and attains its peak time on the day of the Dasara. The Karnataka Exhibition Authority organises the festival where in many businesses, government departments, public/private sector industries take part to promote their business by setting up stalls.
Mysore Dasara is just an another version of the festival which is celebrated all over the country in slightly different ways. The Navratri of Gujarat and Durga Pooja of West Bengal are also the other famous versions of this Hindu festival.
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT