: The six-day annual festival of Murugha Math, popularly known as Appana Jatre, will begin on the math premises here on Sunday.

Mallikarjun Swami, the math’s seer, told presspersons here on Friday that along with religious programmes to be held on all six days, new programmes titled ‘Remembering the works of centenary seers’, ‘Seer’s role in strengthening agriculture’, children’s convention and mass marriages would also be held. Special religious discourses by Basavanand Swami, seer of Managundi Mahamane, known for popularising naturopathy, would also be held on all the days. The programme ‘Remembering the works of centenary seers’ would be held daily, and seers, including Hiremath Pattadevaru, Sarangamath seer, and Siddhaganga Math’s Shivakumar swami and others would take part, he said.

Other programmes to be held on the occasion are as follows: February 10 — Children’s convention and felicitation to meritorious students.

February 11— Flag-hoisting and formal launch of festivities by Sanganabasava swami. Siddhalinga Swami of Hamsabhavi Mayor Pandurang Patil and corporator Yasin Haveripeth would be present.

February 14 — ‘Seer’s role in strengthening the agriculture’ will be inaugurated. Seminars on organic farming, latest farm technologies, farm equipment exhibition will be held.

February 15 — Inauguration of the ‘Prasad Nilaya’ and Mrutyunjaya guest house. The car festival will be held at 4 p.m.

The math has selected Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and Sharana Sahitya Parishat president Go. Ru. Channabasappa for this year’s Mrutyunjaya-Mahanth award, instituted by it. The awards will be given away on February 11.

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