Mysuru, January 12:- “Suttur fair will be held from January 13 to 18 and seer Shivaratri Deshikendra of Suttur mutt will grace the occasion. Car festival, theppothsava, Kondothsava, Mahadeshwara Muthina Pallakki Uthsava, Lakshadeepothsava and other religious and cultural activities will be held,” said secretary of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Manjunath at a press meet held at Suttur mutt on Thursday.
“Seers, vice president of Mauritius, Governor, chief minister, union and state ministers, MPs, MLAs, artists and others will attend the event,” he said.
“The new chariot of the mutt will be dedicated to Adijagadhguru Shivayogi. Architect Basavaraj S Badiger and his children have created the chariot. Shekhar of Thiruchinapalli has designed iron axel, wheel, modern breaking and turning systems. The iron tops of the chariot have been built by Prabhu of Badami. Arya of Chennai has provided the rope to pull the chariot. Governor Vajubhai Rudhabhai Vala will inaugurate the chariot,” he said.
“The mass marriage which is being conducted since 16 years will be held on January 14. Brides and grooms of all religions can take part in the event. Brides will be provided with mangalsutra, saree and toe ring. The bridegroom swill be provided with traditional clothing. More than 2,600 couples got married in the mass marriage at the mutt some time back,” he added.
“More than 800 teams are expected to participate in bhajan competition. The competition will be held in six divisions. The exhibition, which includes industry, science, education, health, technology, drawing and art forms, will be held. Departments of central and state governments and stalls of JSS institutions will be set up. Handloom, homemade products will be exhibited and sold,” Manjunath added.
“Agricultural fair is being organised to give information and training to farmers. Millets food cooking competition is being organised for the first time on January 16. Workshop on ‘Agricultural production companies – opportunities and challenges’ will also be held,” he said.
“Rangoli and sobane song competitions will be held on January 13. Kite flying competition for children will be held on January 16. Wrestling competition will be held on January 17. The cattle fair is being organised for the 50th year,” he informed.
“More than 3,500 students will participate in various competitions. They will stage more than 450 cultural events. Rural and urban teams will stage 15 plays. The information centre to help the devotees and visitors from far off places will be inaugurated on January 13. The devotees will be provided with food in the morning, afternoon and night. Special buses will be organised to Suttur by the KSRTC,” he added.
S P Uday Shankar, S Gangadhar, S Shivakumar Swamy, Prof Subbanna were present. (MR/HN).