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Goyatra seeks blessings of `seer'

SHOWERING BLESSINGS: Seers of various mutts along with Sri Mookappa Shivacharya Swamiji which blessed the `Bharatiya Goyatra' in Mysore on Monday.

SHOWERING BLESSINGS: Seers of various mutts along with Sri Mookappa Shivacharya Swamiji which blessed the `Bharatiya Goyatra' in Mysore on Monday.  

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: A large number of people participating in the Bharatiya Goyatra, being held to create a movement to conserve Indian breeds of cows, sought the blessings of an "extraordinary" seer here on Monday.

The seer was "Sri Mookappa Shivacharya Swamiji" of Giddada Mallapura in the form of a pair of Mahanandis. The origin of this unique tradition of a pair of nandis officiating as seer is rooted in the belief that a great devotee of Lord Mallikarjuna of Srisaila in Andhra Pradesh Ajjaiah Hucheshwara emerged as a pontiff nearly four hundreds years ago.

He held nandi, reckoned to be the vehicle of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology, to be the purest form of life and vested responsibilities of carrying on official duties of his religious institutions to the nandis. The tradition has been continued by one of its branches at Gudadda Mallapura in Haveri district. The main event was a rally to create awareness on the need to conserve the Indian breed of cows that is reckoned to be on the verge of extinction.

However, organisers of the rally Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mahasamsthana Shree Ramachandrapuramatha said that "mindless pursuit of commercial interests and cross breeding have resulted in poor management of the genetically rich domestic species of cows. It is the collective responsibility of people to save the domestic breed of cows," the organisers have said. The 68-day rally will travel 4,813 km, covering 28 district centres and 218 main towns in the State.

Our Chamarajanagar correspondent reports:

Seer of the Sri Ramachandra Mutt, Gookarna Kshetra, Raghaveshwara Bharathitheertha Swamiji has stressed the need to conserve the Indian breed of cows. He was delivering the Asheervachanam after inaugurating the "Goyatra" to spread the message across the State here on Sunday. Inaugurating the function, Kanakagiri Jaina Peeta seer Bhattaraka Swamiji urged people to take an oath to protect the Indian breed of cows.

A procession was taken out in the town. Santhemaralli MLA Druvanarayan and seer of the Siddamalleshwara Mutt Siddabasavaraja swamiji were present.

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