Mysuru, October 5:- A colourful procession carrying the portrait of Sri Maharshi Valmiki and performances by folk artistes marked the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations in the city on Thursday.
The Valmiki Jayanti celebration was organised by the Mysuru district administration in association with various other organisations of the Nayaka community in the city.
A grand procession was flagged off by MLA G T Devegowda at the premises of Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple here. A large number of people from the Nayaka community took part in the celebrations while a number of cultural troupes showcased Kolata, Puja Kunitha, Kamsale and Nandi Kambha during the procession that passed through Krishnaraja Circle, D Devaraja Urs Road and culminated at Kalamandir, the venue of the function.
Hundreds of women carrying ‘Kalsa’ and people from the community dressed up like kings ‘Madakari Nayaka,’ ‘Ecchamma Nayaka’ sat on a horse-pulled carriage during the procession.
Meanwhile, Valmiki Jayanti celebration was held at BJP and JD(S) party offices and various organisations to commemorate the birth anniversary of Valmiki, the sage who wrote the great Indian epic Ramayana.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, MLA M K Somashekhar, Mayor M J Ravikumar, leaders from the community Sridhar, Dyavappa Nayaka, Raju and others were present.