Staff Correspondent

Panchalinga Darshan was a success, says MLA

720-foot-long temporary bridge was built by 150 MEG personnel in 48 hours

Instead of using coracles, pilgrims crossed the river using the bridge

Mysore: Eight lakh devotees visited Talakad since the start of Panchalinga Darshan on November 16. Even as the festive season draws to a close, several devotees continue to visit the place for Panchalinga Darshan of Vaidyeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maruleshwara, Mallikarjuneshwara and Arakeshwara.

The religious event turned out to be a huge success.

The Panchalinga Darshan Utsava Committee 2009 anticipated about 15 lakh devotees, said the official sources.

T. Narsipur MLA H.C. Mahadevappa said the credit for the event’s success goes to good coordination between the elected representatives and the officials. “None of the devotees has complained of inconvenience. The committee headed by Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan took all steps to make arrangements for the devotees,” he said, at a function organised to mark the valedictory of the season at Mudukutore near Talakad in T Narsipur taluk on Monday.

In his address, Mr. Manivannan said, compared to the previous event, more funds had been released for the arrangements this time. In 2006, Rs. 3.5 crore had been released but Rs. 10 crore was allocated this year. He complimented the team of officers who strove hard for making the event a success.

Not a single incident of crime was reported during the festive season, said Superintendent of Police Rama Subbu.

Zilla Panchayat CEO Manjula, Assistant Commissioner Kantharaj, Tahsildar Savita, Special officers Palaiah, Chikkathammaiah and other officers were present.

Lt. Col. K.M. Agarwal said the temporary bridge built across Cauvery for the convenience of devotees will be dismantled. It was built by Madras Engineering Group (MEG) to help pilgrims cross the river. The pilgrims were previously using coracles to cross the river.

The 720-foot-long bridge was built by 150 MEG personnel in a record span of 48 hours. Devotees used the bridge to travel between Talakad and Malangi Madu.

The bridge helped the residents of the villages located on the river banks to reach Talakad on foot without depending on coracles as they used to do every year.