Mahadeva Shankanapura and Doddagavi Basappa to be conferred the Manteswamy Award

Folk scholar Ramachandre Gowda will do the honours on January 3 at a function in Chikkaloor

Chamarajanagar: A large number of devotees of Saint Siddappaji from across the State are expected to participate in the five-day Chikkaloor jatre which will begin according to the Neelagara tradition on December 31 at Chikkaloor in Kollegal taluk.

Offering prayers to the “chandramandal” (a tall crown like structure made out of bamboo and coconut fibres decorated with flowers) is the highlight of the celebrations.

The priest of Boppegowdanapura will perform the puja. As a part of the celebrations, the priest will read the almanac and make predictions about rainfall and harvest of crops.

Each of the five days is devoted to a particular ritual. Animal sacrifice is part of the festival. Mainly sheep and goat are sacrificed in the name of saint Siddappaji and Manteswamy.

It is said that people of all communities participate in the five-day jatra.

Dharege Doddavara Samsthan Math has called upon people to celebrate the jatre in a non-violent way without making animal sacrifice a part of the festivities.

Special buses will be run on all five days to Chikkalloor from Kollegal and other towns nearby.

Mahadeva Shankanapura and Neelagara artiste Doddagavi Basappa will be conferred the Manteswamy Award by folk scholar of Mysore University H.C. Ramachandre Gowda on January 3 at a function in Chikkaloor.