Chamundi Rathothsava draws crowd in thousands

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar flagged off the event by offering prayers to the goddess

Chamundeshwari Rathothsava was held today morning, the fifth day after Vijayadashami, at Chamundi Hills.

Like every year, there was a surge in the number of devotees visiting the temple to witness the car festival of Nadadevate Chamundeshwari at the hills. The area surrounding the main temple was packed with devotees, who had come to participate in the rathothsava from Mysuru and surrounding regions.

Scion of the Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, took part in the rathotsava that commenced early in the day. Rituals were performed in the auspicious tula lagna between 7:45 am and 8:20 am. Yaduveer offered prayers to ‘Utsavamurthy’ by performing mangalarathi. After special prayers were offered to the goddess, priests took out the ‘Utsavamurthy’ and placed it on the embellished and decorated ratha.

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After the customary rituals accompanied by traditional music, Yaduveer, PWD and District In-Charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, Mysuru Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, MLAs Somashekar, G T Devegowda, along with devotees pulled the Chamundeshwari ratha. Then the ‘Utsavamurthy’ was taken around the temple. Later the ‘Utsavamurthy’ was brought in front of the main entrance of the temple.

Thousands of devotees witnessed the rituals. Hundreds of devotees were seen waiting in queue to take part in the ‘rathothsava’ since Friday midnight.

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Veeragaase dance performance, police band and canon firing were organised on the occasion.

The prime attraction of the event was the presence of hundreds of newlyweds to offer prayers to nadadevate Goddess Chamundeshwari. The belief is that by watching the ‘rathothsava’ and offering prayers, newlyweds would shape their lives better with no hurdles.

Tight security was in place for the function.

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