By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean
Mangalore: Kalkura Prathisthana held a "Samuhika Siyalabhisheka" (Mass Tender Coconut offering) in Kadri Sri Manjunatha temple, here on June 25.
Coconut is the most common offering in India in all temples. It signifies breaking of the ego of a person. Coconut signifies one's selfless service. The tender coconut water is also used in rituals. The Kadri temple Priest Rama Adiga performed the rituals on the occasion and prayed for the well-being of the society as well as for a good monsoons.
Veteran politician, industrialist, and the Chairman of the task force A G Kodgi lit the traditional lamp along with Deputy speaker Yogish Bhat, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, A J Shetty, and visiting professor of National Law University Ramachandra Adiga. Later the devotees marched in procession carrying the offerings along with the priest Derebail Tantri and offered more than 500 tender coconuts to the deity. Yogish Bhat offered 108 coconuts for the well being of the society as well as to serve the society in a beter way.
Pradeep Kumar Kalkura speaking on the occasion said that from past the 15 years we have been offering tender coconuts for the well being of the society and for a better rain. It is a public offering and people offer tender coconut to the deity.
Later' Prasadam' was distributed to all the dignitaries and the devotees who participated in the rituals. MCIL Chief General Manager Nalini Gowda, Retired Member of State Finance Commission Timme Gowda,Mohan Koppala, Shrikar Prabhu, Ravindranath Tagor, and Suresh Shetty from Mumbai were present.