Grand procession of tableaux taken out from Gokarnantheshwara temple in Kudroli

Mangalore Dasara came to an end with colourful Shobha Yatra from the Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara and the Mangaladevi temple.

A large number of people had gathered to witness the start of the Shobha Yatra at the Kudroli temple. The police had blocked the movement of four-wheelers from New Chitra theatre and from the Lady Hill Circle to enable people walk along the procession route and see the Navadurga and other idols.

The slow-moving procession began from the Kudroli temple around 4 p.m. and ended in the small hours of Friday. Leading the procession was the tableau carrying Lord Ganesha. This tableau was following large group of artistes that included “Chande” players, people wearing large “Gombes”, “Veeragase” folk artistes and musical band players.

The Lord Ganesha tableau was followed by tableaux of social reformer Narayana Guru, Goddess Aadishakti, Goddess Shailaputri, Goddess Brahmacharini, Goddess Chandraghanta, Goddess Kooshmandini, Goddess Skanda Matha, Goddess Katyayini, Goddess Mahakali, Goddess Mahagauri and Goddess Siddhidhatri. There were priests in each of the tableau offering “Kumkum” to devotees.

The last and the 13 {+t} {+h} tableau to leave the temple was the colourfully lit Goddess Sharada idol.

Among those who led this tableau included Deputy Speaker N. Yogish Bhat, MLA U.T. Khader and other politicians. The tableaux passed through Mannagudda, Lady Hill, Lalbagh, P.V.S Circle, K.S. Rao Road, Hampankatta, Venkataramana Temple and Car Street.

Many preferred to hold vintage positions on the buildings along the procession route to get a clear view of the ytra. One among them was Anil Bhat, a resident of Urwa, who is now settled in Mumbai.

“Just want to show my son the richness of our culture,” he said. Mr. Bhat, his wife, and son, were seated on the portico of an apartment in Alake. B.K.V. Baliga and other residents of houses along the Alake Road had arranged for chairs for people to sit and view the procession.

The attraction of the Shobha Yatra was the presentations by Chande players, especially of the team that was leading the Goddess Maha Gauri tableau. This troupe of Chande players that had women in their team attracted attention for their rhythmic beats and dance. The sound of the musical bands and drum players dominated the procession that overshadowed presentation by groups rendering bhajans, including the one seated on the tableau carrying portrait of Narayana Guru.


Adding colour to the procession were the people carrying umbrellas, a majority of those being construction labourers.

“Five of us have come here,” said Shivu, a native of Gadag. “I make it a point to hold the umbrella till the end every year. This is my way of worshiping god,” he said while stating that were some who hold the umbrellas in anticipation of money.

A large number of people witnessed the Shobha Yatra taken out from the Mangaladevi temple.

More than 15 children participated in the “Vidyaramba” ritual held on the temple premises on Thursday morning.