KARNATAKA

85-foot idol at Shivagiri attracts huge crowd

Staff Correspondent

The new annual jatra coincided with Shivaratri

Over 50,000 people visited Shivagiri on the occasionCultural procession was held from Siddeshwar temple

BIJAPUR: People in the district celebrated Shivaratri keenly as Shiva temples started witnessing heavy rush since early hours. There were long queues at all temples. The T.K. Patil Charitable Trust headed by film producer Basant Kumar Patil has installed an 85-foot tall shiva idol at Shivagiri, a newly developed pilgrim centre, attracting large number of people.

Jalabhisheka

Sri Sharabasappa Appa of Gulburga offered "jalabhisheka" to the "shivalinga" in the temple below the shiva idol marking the series of religious events organised by the trust.

The newly started annual jatra to coincide with Shivaratri also facilitated large flow of people to Shivagiri located alongside Ukkali Road in the outskirts of the city. However, people did not like the fact that they had to pay an entry fee of Rs. 2.

There was heavy rush at the ticket counter, and many complained of their pockets being picked. Women who had come with children had to struggle hard to purchase entry tickets. By 5 p.m. the number of people who visited Shivagiri crossed 50,000.

However, R.T. Patil, a trustee said that a part of collection would be used for the "jatra mahaotsava" and the rest will go for charity.

A substantial portion has been earmarked for the maintenance of orphanage and the "Dasoha Kendra" for poor schoolchildren that is going to be launched on March 1.

Procession

As part of the jatra, a cultural procession was held from Siddeshwar temple in the city to Shivagiri.

The trust also rganised a fireworks programme that was formally flagged off by Minister for Textiles and district in-charge, Appasaheb Pattanashetti.

At Koodalasangam

At Koodalasangam, an important holy place for Lingayats, a large number of people took a holy dip in the Krishna and offered pooja at Sangamanatha temple. Several events including a "Jagrane" were held as part of the festival.

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