Kodagu temples celebrate Shashti utsava

Devotion: Devotees thronging historic Omkareshwara Temple in Madikeri on the occasion of Shashti festival on Saturday. DH Photo

The Shashti festival was celebrated with devotion offering poojas across the district on Saturday. Special prayers, poojas, bhajans and other rituals were offered to deities at many temples in the district.

The rituals had begun at the historic Omkareshwara Temple in the wee hours and special poojas were offered to the deity of Subramanya Swamy. Prasada was distributed after the Mahamangalarati rituals. An annasantharpane programme was followed where hundreds of devotees had the lunch. The Teppotsava of the deity was held in the evening. Shashti festivities were held at the Muthappa temple in the town too. Special poojas were offered to the deity and annadana was arranged for the devotees at the temple.

In Virajpet, the festival was celebrated vibrantly at the Bairambada Subramanya temple. The homa, havana, archane and other rituals began at the temple at 4 am. Hundreds of devotees, who thronged from various parts of the district, offered prayers and poojas to the deity.

Pallakki utsava and Rathotsava were held at the Koodige Udbava Subramanya Temple in Kushalnagar and rituals were held at the Udbava Subramanya Temple in the Housing Board Colony too.

The festival was celebrated at the Umamaheshwara temple in Gonikoppal with religious rituals. Women poured milk to Naga dieties to mark the festival at various places in the district.

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