The last Shravana Saturday this year

Thousands of devotees celebrate Shravana Shanivara with pomp and gaiety

Brahmarathotsava was also organised at the Lakshmivenkataramanaswamy Temple with due rites. The ancient shrine is famous for housing the tallest monolithic flagpost in entire Karnataka.

The idol was given special abhishekas, with oil, panchamrutha, panchasuktha and mangaladravya and was also decorated in multiple ways before the mahamangalarathi. Various prayer rites were also conducted.

Prayers were also offered to the wheels of the gigantic chariot of the temple in the midst of ceremonious music. Donors to the temple, muzrai officers and police officers were invited to overlook the rituals.

The idol of the deity was brought to the chariot at about 1 pm in the midst of celebrations and placed as hundreds of devotees witness the ritual.

Religion and temples play an important role in reducing social violence. Politicians should therefore work to help the growth of temples, said Kodihalli K S Manjunath.

He was speaking after inaugurating the mercury lamps set up around the Prasanna Venkataramanaswamy temple at Chikkathirupathi in the taluk on Saturday. After distributing prasad among the devotees, Manjunath said the temple- the best known in the entire district and considered the second Thirupathi- has not been developed to the expected level.

‘No facilities’
“Devotees have to struggle to get basic facilities,” he said and added that the ground around the temple would soon be given a concrete covering, using funds from donors.

“The temple is managed by the muzrai department. Also, certain private parties have booked case in the court related to the temple property. Therefore, donors hesitate to work for the development of the temple,” he explained.

“The private parties who have gone to court are being appeased and help develop the temple,” he added.

He called upon politicians to work for the development of the historic temple surpassing party rivalry.

More than 50,000 devotees visited the temple on Saturday and all of them have been given prasad, he said.

The premise of the historic Anjaneyaswamy Temple was overflowing with devotees.
Many of the devotees came from Andhra Pradesh as well as Tamil Nadu, as hundreds of residents of Hosur worship Anjaneyaswamy as the family deity.

The muzrai department had provided special facilities for the large number of devotees. Brahmarathotsava was organised for Shanishawaraswamy at Koladevi grama in the taluk.

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