Mysuru, June 27:- The ‘Nadaprabhu’ Kempegowda Jayanti was celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm in the city on Wednesday.
The event commenced with a grand procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple in front of Mysuru Palace.
Adichunchanagiri Mutt Pontiff Somanatha Swamiji along with Tourism and Sericulture Minister S R Mahesh paid floral tributes to the statue of Kempegowda.
The silver chariot carrying the stutue of Kemgowda was decked up with flowers.
Various folk troupes including Kamsale, Dollu Kunitha and others performed during the procession.
Speaking to media persons, Mahesh said, “Kempegowda is one of the greatest leaders in the state and was a patron of art and learning. He was a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagar Empire and has the credit of establishing and being the founder of the state capital Bengaluru.”
“During his tenure he launched various social reforms benefiting thousands of farmers and general public. If Bengaluru is getting global attention today it is because of the efforts put in by great leaders like Kempegowda who developed the city,” he added.
Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha, MLAs L Nagendra, Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah, Mayor Bhagyavathi and others were present during the procession. -(KS, KK)