Light lamps, CM's Dasara message to Mysoreans

Light lamps, CM's Dasara message to Mysoreans

Hill shrine wears bridal look; Gowda in dhoti, shalya beckons all

He was speaking at the inauguration of 401st ‘Nada Habba’ Dasara organised by Mysore Dasara Sub-committee.

Reciting a poem written by noted poet Channaveera Kanavi on ‘hanate’ (an earthen lamp), the chief minister said he would be more happy if the message spreads to the entire district. He said that one should set an example by his behaviour giving a message to the society. He prayed to the Goddess to shower rain, as the district in particular has not received rain as anticipated.

He also announced that there is no dearth of funds for the festival. The government will give special impetus to the development of the district.

He later laid foundation for the restoration of the compound of famous Mahabaleshwara Swamy temple. The compound had collapsed due to rainfall and the work was pending though the department concerned has been allocated Rs 58 lakh. Besides, another Rs 26 lakh has been earmarked for the restoration of ‘Kai Shaale’.

The chief minister wearing traditional dhoti made of silk and shalya was the cynosure of all eyes for sartorial elegance aptly for the festival. He had medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas for company also sporting similar look.

In his inaugural address, Pejawar mutt seer Sri Vishveshatheertha said Dasara is a national festival for creating awareness on many issues, having history since earlier days. That’s the reason why Mysore is also a popular city across the globe.

He had a message for Kannadigas to be proud of the language and place, but also to embrace other languages too.

The hill shrine was decked up like a bride leaving no stone unturned in its way of grandeur. Colourful rangolis dotting the ground from the entrance at Mahishasura statue to the temple venue. Women draped in saffron colour sarees belonging to Dasara Bhajan Sub-committee welcomed pejawar mutt seer and the chief minister with Bhajans.

They were also joined by other group of women who offered ‘poorna kumbha’ swagatha (welcome), besides artistes performing veeragase and playing drums and other musical instruments adding to the festive mood.

The temple reminded ‘ashada masa’ days with the historical structure decorated with flowers of different types.

To facilitate free flow of traffic, the chief minister and other dignitaries were ferried in three KSRTC Airavatha buses from Government Guest House to the hill. They took the same bus while returning to the guest house, where the chief minister presided over a meeting of legislators.

Mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna, deputy mayor M J Ravikumar, minister S A Ramdas, MLAs M Satyanarayan and H S Shankarlinge Gowda, MLCs Thontadarya and K R Mallikarjunappa and others were present.

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