Mangalore: Annual Car Festival Celebrated with Gaiety


Mangalore: Annual Car Festival Celebrated with Gaiety 
 
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje/Savitha B R
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)
 
Mangalore, Feb 10:
The annual grand Car Festival of Sri Venkataramana Temple was witnessed on Thursday February 10 at Car Street with great pomp and gaiety. As part of the celebration, carrying of the deity on a huge wooden ‘Theru’ was held in the evening. This in turn attracted the devotees in large numbers across the globe.
 
The five-day event of the Gauda Saraswat Brahmin community is a commemoration of the divine union of Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi. This four century-old temple also provides an opportunity to the devotees to mix together and meet their friends, class mates, and relatives from various parts of the world at least once during the annual car festival.




















Before being seated in the elaborately decorated chariot, the idol of Lord Venkataramana was taken in a procession in a golden palanquin around the sanctum sanctorum, accompanied by musical instruments, bhajans and devotees, who repeatedly chanted the name of the Lord in loud voices.

The devotees, young and old let themselves to be swayed by merriment. The festival is also known as Kodial Theru in which men and women participate equally in the religious and cultural celebrations.
 
On the penultimate day of the festival the large chariot with the deity in it, is pulled along the street by a huge number of devotees. The festival is not only celebrated by the GSB community but also by the all people of Mangalore irrespective of their caste and creed. The idol of the deity Veera Venkatesha, which dates back to the Vijayanagara era, is seen uniquely decorated during the festival.
 
Tomorrow colorful ‘Okkuli’ festival will be celebrated which is the final day of the Mangalore Car Festival.

  

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  • sanjay, canada/ mangalore

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    great phots by daiji..keep the good work going, people who couldnt participate must be happy to see the pic`s !!! carsteet shining !!!!

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  • Ravindra Nayak, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Thanks Daijiword for the photos of Kodial Teru as you do every year. Lord Veera Venkatesha bless you all.

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  • RAJ ULLAL, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    I had been to carstreet Kodial Teru it was very beautiful. This time the crowd was much more when campare to previous years. The Rathotsav was beautiful this time in the new widened carstreet road. All is due to the blessings of Lord Veera Venkatesha. Srinivasa Veera Venkatesha Govinda.

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  • Raghavendra Shenoy, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Nagesh Kumar, Mangalore thanks for the information about venkatramana temple. Lord Veera Venkatesha bless you.

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  • Ravindra Nayak, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Nagesh Kumar, Mangalore thank you very much for the valuable information about venkatramana temple mangalore. Here the people from all the community come to this temple to have the darshan of lord veera venkatesha.

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  • Nagesh Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Sri Venkatramana Temple of Mangalore is one of the most reputed and popular temples in the western coast of India, with Lord Sri Veera Venkatesha (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) as its supreme deity, the temple has a glorious history of more than 300 years.It is one of the ancient and revered shrines of the coastal region, which attracts devotees from a wide spectrum of the society.

    This beautiful temple is situated at Car Street, one of the prime location in Mangalore, which is also known as Temple Square (name derived from the geographical structure of the area). The temple belongs to the Gouda Saraswat Brahmin (G.S.B) society of Hindus and it is a GSB denomination temple. The rituals performed here follow Madhwa-Vaishnava principles. The temple is efficiently guided by the divine blessings of His Holiness Srimad Sudhindra Thirtha Swamiji, Matadhipathi of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi. This temple is one among the 18 temple towns of GSB’s.

    Mangalooru Rathotsava,famously known as Kodial Teru or Car Festival is the most prestigious,auspicious and famous festival celebrated in the temple.Some of the other important festivals celebrated here are Sri Sharada Mahotsava(Dusshera), Sri Veera Venkatesha Pratistha Mahotsava,Ganesh Chaturthi,Anantha Chaturdashi, Karthik Ekadashi,Karthik Punnav,Mukkoti Dwadashi(Bhoovaikunta Darshanam),Samvastara Ugadhi etc.

    We must invite our Muslim and Christian friends this type of festival and prove that we are all INDIANS.

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  • suresh, mumbai

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Very nice pics. welldone daijiworld.

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  • Frederick Pinto, Shirva

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Happy to see these beautiful pictures of theru. These festivals have been going on from time immemorial and makes every one so proud to be part of the community. Very good presentation there. Wonderful coverage from daiji world.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Lovely pictures of "Kodial Theru". Thx Daiji and its team for these pictures. I only missed "Thera javan" afeter watching these pics.

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  • DIVAKAR, KSA/VENUR

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Great Views, while I watched these views take back to me Mangalore Car Street. Thanks to Daiji and team.

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  • Suresh, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Excellent coverage Daiji.
    Thanks!

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  • Swetha kamath, Mangalore / Hyderabad

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Very good coverage by daijiworld.

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  • NB NAYAK, MANGALORE

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Wonderful Care festival May God
    Lord Venkateshwara bless all
    Mangaloreans and others

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  • Savitri Pai, usa

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Superb....Daijiworld one of the greatest websites for us..well done 

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  • KRPrabhu, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Thanks a lot to Daiji/Dayanand Kukkaje/Savitha BR for wonderful coverage and beautiful snaps.Great scenes. Veeravenkatesha ki jai.

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  • Shivanand Shetty, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Yes George Cruz, Mangalore/USA same here. When i was in mangalore i regularly use to go venkatramana temple especially during car festival. If i am not wrong the word which the devotees say during car festival is srinivasa veera venkatesha govinda right. Can anyone let me know about this?

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  • George Cruz, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    Great pictures..Reminds me of old days of growing up in Mangalore.

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  • Vijesh Kamath, Mangalore/New Jersy

    Thu, Feb 10 2011

    Kodial Theru and World cup are the 2 big things that Iam going to miss this time.

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