`Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Jyothi Yatra,’ a tableau was taken out to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt. It was flagged off on Thursday with religious fervor.
Hundreds of devotees from across the city thronged JSS Mahavidyapeetha were greeted by the sculpture of Nandi in front of the gates and artists performing Dollu Kunitha, Pooja Kunitha, Thamate.
Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamy pontiff of Suttur Mutt together with District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad flagged off the event by offering prayers to the Nandi Dhwaja.
The tableau which was taken out in the main streets of the city, Srirangapattana will reach Paduvarahalli where it would halt for the day.
A tableau of depicting the Hoysala style of architecture inside which the life-size statue of Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy was installed drew the attention of the people. Old and new buildings of Suttur Mutt recreated at the tableau also drew the attention of the people.
A team of 20 volunteers will be accompanying the tableau, besides three other vehicles including mobile library in tow. The mobile library will offer various publications of the Mahavidyapeetha.
Arrangements have been made to station the tableau at prominent places for the benefit of the devotees of the mutt. Various organisations have planned to organise lectures on the life and achievements of the pontiff as a part of the yatra. District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad said that the tableau would be traversing 5,000 km for 100 days covering most of the districts in the state, besides parts of neighbouring states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Through the tableau, the principles and teachings of the seer will be highlighted.
Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, Chairman of MUDA K R Mohan Kumar, former minister Shivanna, SP Abhinav Khare, former minister S A Ramadas, President of District Co-operative H V Rajeev, former MP C H Vijayashankar, former Zilla Panchayat President Dr Pushpa B Amarnath and corporators were present.