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Monday, February 18, 2013 4:22:58 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: Jubilation all around as city bathes in brilliant hues of Okkuli

Mangalore: Jubilation all around as city bathes in brilliant hues of Okkuli

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Feb 18: The annual Kodial Theru or Car Festival of Lord Venkataramana Temple came to a brilliantly colouful end here on Monday February 18, with thousands gathering at the temple square in Car Street to celebrate Okkuli festival.

Young and old alike rejoiced in the colours of the festival, drenching themselves and each other in hues of green, red, pink, yellow, blue and what not.

The beat of drums and the dancing crowd added extra spark to the holi celebrations, even as the idol of the Temple deity was carried on a golden palanquin.

Vasant puja and other rituals were peformed on the occasion inside the Temple premises.

The annual five-day festival is special to the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community and is a commemoration of the divine union of Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi.
The main celebration consists of the Car Festival and carrying of the deity on a palaquin around the city.

DJs and Nasik bands added more color to the event along with water tankers gushing waters on the jubilant crowd.



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Comments on this article
Yogesh, Bombay
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What a colorful and joyful morning! Thanks

Dev, Mangalore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

U r right Bhandarkar maam!
Jo mera he, wo thera he,
"Chanya Gashi".... Super assile..ha..ha!

KRPrabhu, Kudla/Bangalore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Among the commments, yours is only one which describes the age old GSB traditional 'okkul' in a way which fits to YOUR problem...
I would clarify that okkul is a joyful/colorful holi type enjoyment among devlotees of the temple after annual Utsav.This is a tradition since ages.As you stated, the western dress outfits among girls/boys has no meaning here as this is not occasion for formals.Girls/young boys never induced and consume bhang.Bhang is very casually put in use by elders out of pure joy.I fail to undertand how you see pub and western culture here as the occasion is purely family oriented one.The speciality of the event is that every participant is very respectfully behaved just like one family members.That is GSB culture not only here but every where.

Rafi, Kasaragod / Dubai
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beautiful pictures. We can see pure joy in our yougsters eyes. Whatever the reason, it's much better than what we encounter on a daily basis on our media.

R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dev Maamu
Makka Kassi Kallen Mon ve?
Aath Saangah
Tuven Devasthaanthu Dhon Divas
'Chanya Gashi'Kelya Ve??
Kelyaaree Kalthaa....

yeshavanth, mangalore/mumbai
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Carry on the tradition of old vokuli with new colour

lalith, mangalore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I do see a lot of western culture in the outfits worn.Drinking bang and dancing on the street is tradition which is acceptable going to the pubs and drinking alchol and dancing is banned??? double standards here..and dj music??? hopefully the so called protecters of indian tradition are keeping an eye on what the youg girls are consuming here..dont get me wrong am not against holi

R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prabhu Maam
Devlaache Nayee.....
'Makka Tera Karchu!
'Venkatramanaka Kharchu Divachaak Amhee Kon? 'LaxmiPathi' Naven Tho.
Tirupathi Vaasa Srinivaasa Govinda-Govinda.....

KRPrabhu, Kudla/Bangalore
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bhandarkarmam,Thera kharchu Deval paleyitha,
Amka te chandayi poloche kaam maathra,
Moju masthi,gammath korche ani koneyi thumgele manke asilena appyilari yevuche,khavuche...
Atta konakayi dudvache oone naa nave?
Kharchu korche vaat paleyilari zale....
Veera Venkatesha Govinbda..Govindaa....
Manglurak Manglurachi saati nave?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nice, let is go on in a nice way. I miss all these things a lot.
Well done guys, carry on the culture and tradition and maintain sanctity.

Walter Lobo, Bajpe/USA
Monday, February 18, 2013

Welcome Mangalore, the Paradise City of the World!!!

Dev, Mangalore
Monday, February 18, 2013

Bhandarkar maam-
Thukka kassi gothu "Bangh" gevunu vokkuli mun'?
Secret ha..!

GERALD, Modankap
Monday, February 18, 2013


R.Bhandarkar, M'Lore
Monday, February 18, 2013

Ekka Pashi Ek 'Bangi' layak Aaaila,Kelavu 'Baangee' Aaaila!!
Theyn Purai Anee Doni _2 Divasani Sam Jaauche-
Kelavu-Anaik Vokuli Taayeen Sam Jaayenaa...
Srinivasa Veera Venkateshaa Govinda....Govindaaa....
(Mak Disthaa Dayaa yee(No 1 Photographeru) Bhaangi Ki Monu!! Baaree Layak Kaala-Photo-Pholo Pholo so Khaalaa...Wahee Kee Nayee?)Prabhu Maam-Tera Kharchu Divukaa Jath Monu Yenee Distaa...B'Lore raantu Aaas Kahin-Anek Patti Vasooli Korkaa....

Alok V Saldanha, Mangalore/Bangalore
Monday, February 18, 2013

Vivid & Lively photography by Kukkaje! Soothing to human eye!

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