Madikeri Dasara kicks off

Thousands of devotees take part in traditional Karaga utsav

Festive Glory: Karagas of four Shakti devatas being taken out in a procession in the city after traditional pujas at Pampinakere on Saturday evening. DH photo

Rituals were performed at Pampinakere in the evening and the karagas were then taken for rounds in the city amidst recital of hymns. The Karaga Pradakshina will be held for 9 days of Navarathri and on the night of Vijayadashami, after the Dashamantapa sets out for procession, Banni’ will be cut at the banni mantapa thereby ending the Karaga utsav.

P P Ramesh who has been carrying the Karaga of Kundurumotte Chauti Mariyamma carried it even this year. P A Umesh carried Dandina Mariamma Karaga for the 33rd consecutive year, P B Anish Kumar carried the Karaga of Kote Mariamma for the 16th consecutive year and Naveen carried the Karaga of Kanchikamakshiyamma for the 6th year.

Uduku Vadya from Pollachi Tamilnadu added to the glory of Karaga utsav. Nadaswaram and other percussion accompanied by women carrying Kalasha made the utsav seem more bright and lively. Preparation for construction of mantaps to add to the glitz of festival has started. The Mantapa Samitis too are putting in their best in the quest of vying for the award.

Stages for cultural programmes are being put up at Gandhi Maidan and Kaveri Kalakshethra. While programmes will be held at Kaveri kalashethra till September 26, programmes will be held at Rangamandira on September 27 and 28. District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar, MLC S G Medappa, Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathnarayana Gowda, SP Manjunath Annigeri and others were present.

Money release soon
“The State government had ordered to sanction Rs 40 lakh for Madikeri Dasara but due to some administrative procedures, we could not release the money on time,” said District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar on Saturday.

Addressing the reporters after taking part in the Karaga utsav at Pampinakere, he said that the money will be released at the earliest. He called upon the people to work unitedly for the success of the Dasara festival keeping aside all differences.

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