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Siddharoodha seer's marble statue ready

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Sri Siddharoodha Swami Math, which has a huge following, is all set to have a marble statue of the Siddharoodha swamiji who kept the doors of the math open to people of all faiths.

Sri Siddharoodha Swami Math Trust Committee chairman Mahendra Singhi and honorary seretary Ranga Baddi told presspersons here on Thursday that a marble statue of the swamiji carved by sculptor Mayachari of Bagalkot would be installed at the ‘Kailas Mantapa' of the math on April 12.

They said the marble statue had cost Rs. 2.5 lakh and Ashok Mane, a devotee, had borne the expenses.

Mr. Singhi said the statue would arrive in Hubli on April 10 and it would be taken in a procession to the math, which would be flagged off by Poorna Patil, Mayor of Hubli-Dharwad. The rituals would begin on April 11 and the installation of the statue would be done on April 12 in the presence of various seers. The same evening a Kannada play on Sri Siddharoodha swamiji would be staged, he said.

Mr. Singhi said the committee had sent a proposal worth Rs. 1 crore for the development of the car street at the math to the district administration. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had sanctioned Rs. 3 crore to the math and in the first instalment proposal for Rs. 1 crore had been submitted.

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