Prayers for rain; special mass at St Philomena's

JD(S) activists take out motorbike rally to Talacauvery

With rains playing truant leading to drought prayers to appease rain god was organised in the city on Friday.

Prayers (L-R) Assistant priest Vijayraj, father John Peter Rego and parish priest Rev Father Williams at the special prayers for rain, organised at St Philomena’s Church in Mysore on Friday. DH PHOTO

At St Philomena’s Church on Ashoka road, one of the oldest cathedrals of the city, special prayers had been organised at different intervals.

The prayers split into six sessions- thrice in the morning and evening was attended by the people of Christian community in large numbers.

The first prayer was held from 6 am onwards. Devotional songs were rendered in different languages including Kannada.

The prayers were conducted under the leadership of Father John Peter Rego, parish priest Father Williams and assistant priest Vijayraj.

On the other hand, City (District) Janata Dal (Secular) unit took out a motorcycle rally to Talacauvery to pray for rain.

The party workers led by the president of city unit Koppal Rajanna performed abhisheka to the idol of Nandi, before launching the rally from Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple at the south gate of Mysore palace. The party workers will offer puja to at the origin of Cauvery river.

MLCs Sandesh Nagaraj and Chikkamadu, former MLA S Balaraj, former mayor Sandesh Swamy, former deputy mayor M J Ravikumar and others were present.

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