Karaga procession to be taken out midnight today

Karaga procession to be taken out midnight today

Karaga procession to be taken out midnight today

Roads leading to the historic Sri Dharmaraya Swamy temple in Tigalarapet are decked up for the ongoing Karaga festival. The temple management is all geared up to host the Karaga procession which will kickstart at midnight on Tuesday.

The nine-day Karaga festival which began on April 3 with a flag-hoisting ceremony, is observed by members of the Tigala community who worship Draupadi as their principal deity. On Monday, the ritual ‘Pongal Seva’ was observed wherein around 100 women cooked pongal on the temple premises and offered it to the deity. The ritual was accompanied by the reading of the Mahabharatha.

“We are expecting more than a lakh devotees on Tuesday, the last day of the festival. One of the priests of the temple, A Jnanendra, will balance the ‘Karaga’ (a tall floral pyramid) on his head. This is the seventh time he will take part in the procession as a karaga carrier,” said S N Indira, president of the Karaga festival committee.

Dressed in women's attire complete with bangles and vermillion on his forehead, the Karaga carrier places the Karaga on his head and takes part in the procession that will start from the Dharmaraya Swamy temple around 12.30 am.

The committee said the procession will pass through Chickpet, Balepet, Nagarthpet, Corporation, KR Market and surrounding areas and will culminate at 6.30 am on Wednesday.

Traffic curbs

Traffic curbs have been imposed due to the Karaga procession which will begin on Tuesday midnight and conclude in the early hours of Wednesday. Avenue Road will be closed for traffic from City Market to Mysore Bank. When the procession enters Avenue Road.

Vehicles from Mysore Bank Circle on KG Road will be restricted till the procession from Balepet Main Road reaches Kilari Road. On Wednesday after 3 pm, vehicles will be banned from Shanthala Circle to Cottonpet main road.