Gowda undertakes 'Ati Rudra Maha Yagna' in Sringeri for better poll prospects

Gowda undertakes 'Ati Rudra Maha Yagna' in Sringeri for better poll prospects

Ashwini Y S

With elections nearing, JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda has embarked on performing one of the biggest Vedic rituals, 'Ati Rudra Maha Yagna,' at the Sringeri Shankara Mutt in Chikkamagaluru district.

Gowda, a staunch devotee, started this 12-day yagna in the hope of improving his party's performance in the upcoming elections and seeing his son H D Kumaraswamy emerge as the next chief minister.

Gowda is also said to be performing another ritual called 'Shatru Samhara Yagna,' apparently to defeat his political opponents.

The former prime minister took a solemn vow to start the yagna along with his wife Channamma and another son H D Revanna in the presence of Mutt seer Bharathiteertha on the Mutt premises on January 3. The yagna concludes on Sankranthi (the day of 'Purnahuthi').

Kumaraswamy is expected to take part in the last day of the ritual. According to JD(S) MLC T A Sharavana, who is also taking part in the ritual, 150 priests from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka are performing the yagna.

"The yagna is being performed to ensure Kumaraswamy's good health, and for attaining good fortune," he said.

The Gowda family is spending around Rs 1.5 crore to perform this ritual. K N Somayaji, a traditional Vedic astrologer, said this particular yagna, which is performed on a large scale, is an expensive affair.

"One has to spend anywhere between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore to perform this ritual," he said. The former prime minister said during every election, politicians make a beeline for Sringeri.

"There is not a single election in the last 20 years which has gone without politicians performing pujas or yagna at Sringeri or other places," he said.

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