Mysuru, September 27:- “Mahisha was from Mysuru. There wouldn’t have been Mysuru without Mahisha. Mysuru is named after Mahishasura. He was the original inhabitant of Mysuru, a cultural leader, a great democrat, an egalitarian and protector of nature. It is our duty to remember this great person,” said seer Jnanaprakash Swamiji of Urilingapeddi Mutt on Friday.
He was speaking after garlanding the portrait of Mahishasura near Dr Ambedkar Circle at Ashokapuram in the city. “We are celebrating Mahisha Dasara every year. The police department and district administration have co-operated. This year, MP Pratap Simha has forcefully made the district administration to clear the tents at Chamundi Hills. Though the district commissioner had permitted us for celebrating Mahisha Dasara, the MP has interrupted the celebration by stating that celebrating Mahisha Dasara will make Goddess Chamundeshwari unholy. For the first time in history, Section 144 has been implemented prior to Dasara festival,” the seer said.
“Seems like the MP is scared of original inhabitants of Mysuru. We are not against the law and we abide by the Constitution. So we are celebrating Mahisha Dasara at Ashokapuram by paying floral tributes to him. Everyone has his/her own religious right in the Constitution. Everyone can worship their gods. It is a Constitutional right. Being a public representative and MP, Pratap Simha is trying to curb our rights,” he accused.
The seer challenged the Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha member to stop the Mahisha Dasara celebration if he wants to. “We haven’t hurt anyone’s feelings. We were summoned by the District in-charge Minister V Somanna and as soon as we entered Jaladarshini Guest House here, we were informed that section 144 has been implemented. Where is the Constitutional right?” he questioned.
“The government has failed in involving Chamarajanagar Member of Parliament V Srinivas Prasad in the Mysuru Dasara festivities. People are suffering due to floods. You have issued a cheque for Rs 10,000 which has bounced. Don’t you feel ashamed to waste money on celebrations while the rest of the state is mourning,” he questioned the district administration and the government.
Bodhi Datta Bantheji, Buddha Prakasha Bantheji, Prof Mahesh Chandra Guru and others were present. (MR/KS)