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Not just Mysuru Dasara, Namma Kudla’s Mangaluru Dasara is equally amazing: Shobha Karandhlaje

Team Udayavani, Oct 26, 2020, 11:40 AM IST

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Mangaluru: BJP MP Shobha Karandhlaje on the occasion of Vijayadashami said that Karnataka is not just famous for Mysuru Dasara, Mangaluru Dasara is equally amazing

Taking to Twitter she wrote, “Karnataka is not just famous for #MysuruDasara, Namma Kudla’s #MangaluruDasara is equally amazing & attracts a crowd from across the country!”

“Come to witness Karnataka coast’s #PiliNalike along with lion & bear dances!,” she wrote sharing a video of Mangaluru Dasara festivities.

Mangaluru Dasara is a festival organized by Kudroli Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple. The tiger dance, lion dance, and bear dance are the main attractions and the city is decorated with lights for the span of 10 days of the occasion.

People decorate their houses and businesses, shops, hotels, etc, and most of the roads in Mangaluru such as M.G Road, K.S Rao Road, GHS Road are seen garnished with lights and electric lanterns for the procession. The image of the Mangalore City Corporation building decorated with colorful and bright lights makes for spectacular viewing.

During Navaratri, various idols along with Sharada Devi will be installed by the priests at Swarna Kalamantapa amidst the chanting of hymns and performance of Vedic rituals. In these nine days of celebrations, the decorated idols of Sharada Devi along with Mahaganapati and Navadurgas will be worshipped.

On the evening of Vijaya Dashami, the procession begins from the Kudroli Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple and will end at the same venue in the early morning the next day with the immersion of the idols at the Pushkarini pond inside the temple complex. Idols of ‘Navadurgas’ along with Mahaganapathi and Sharada are carried in the procession, augmented by flowers, decorative umbrellas, tableaux, bands, chende and traditional dances, folk dances, Yakshagana characters, Dollu Kunitha, gombe (dolls), Pilinalike (Huli vesha) and other traditional art forms.

However, this year due to the pandemic Mangaluru Dasara was a low-key affair.

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