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Mangalore Dasara



Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple at Kudroli.

The Mangalore Dasara has become a household name in the Southern states. It is as splendid as the Mysore Dasara. It commenced on 8th October 2010 at the Kudroli Gokarnanatha Kshetra. This is the 18th year in succession that Mangalore Dasara is being organised on a grand scale.

The Navarathri and Mangalore Dasara celebrations begun with the consecration of Navadurgas at the temple and the nine day festivities will include several religious and cultural programmes.

The eighth day of the Navarathri utsav will be dedicated to the Sharada Mahotsava. The Navadurgas are: Mahagowri, Mahakali, Kathyayini, Shailaputhri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmandini, Skandmatha and Siddhidhatri. These life size idols are taken in the procession in a convoy of tableaux numbering over 100 this time.

On the last day of the celebrations a grand procession will feature over 100 tableaux coming from all over the state and some from neighbouring states.

Mangaladevi Temple

During Navarathri (dussera) special pujas are performed on all the nine days in the temple. On the seventh day, Goddess Mangaladevi is worshipped as Sharadamba and on the eight day the goddess is worshipped as Maarikamba.

On this day Aayuda puja is performed. All the weapons and tools are worshipped as the day marks the slaying of the cruel demons by the goddess Durga. On the ninth day also known as Mahanavami, a large number of devotees participate in the Rathothsava.

The decorated goddess in mounted on the grand chariot and pulled with thick ropes. The procession goes to Marnamikattte where the goddess is worshipped. Even today pious people believe that worship of Mangaladevi brings them prosperity and happiness.

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