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‘Okkul utsav’ of Sri Venkataramana Temple to be a traditional affair

MANGALURU: Tradition is all set to trump modernity when the famed ‘Okkul utsav’ or ‘Avabrita utsav’ of Sri Venkataramana Temple (SVT), Car Street, is held on Wednesday. A call taken at the annual general assembly of SVT a month in the past, acting on ideas received from Gowd Saraswath Brahmin (GSB) group members, have made up our minds to prohibit DJs or high-voltage sound methods, mikes or use of water tanker at the ‘okkul’.
While discussion on banning DJs, water tankers and smearing of colours on girls in what many critics of such revelry, that brings down curtains on the 5-day annual car pageant of the temple, dubbed as the city’s ‘fancy fete’, has been occurring for the past 10 years, temple trustees with support from the group, have officially announced the ban this year. The ideas on implementing the ban were received each orally and in writing.

C Laxman Shenoy, one the 3 trustees – Ok P Prashanth Rao and P Ramachandra Kamath – being the opposite two – instructed NewsTread that it's the collective decision of the ‘mahasabha’ of the GSB group held round a month in the past. “We had a detailed discussion on the factor in accordance with the quite a lot of representations, and have taken a choice to prohibit activities that goes towards the religious spirit of the avabrita utsav and traditions that govern the okkul utsav,” he mentioned.

Members of the GSB group who were provide at the AGM mentioned the verdict was in large part in accordance with apprehensions referring to girls’s protection, and who would endure accountability if their protection was compromised. The decision was additionally in accordance with the wish to keep the event throughout the group, in that involving DJs, track, water tankers and an opportunity to fraternise signifies that ‘outsiders’ could take advantage of the situation and foment trouble.

Any indecent incident all through okkul disturbs the sanctity of Lord Veera Venkatesha’s avabrita utsav. Traditionally, pouring of colour starts simplest after offering traditional gulal (crimson) colour which is being offered to the deity when the deity presides on Vasanta Mantapa on okkul day. The mahasabha noted that many get started pouring colours from early morning itself without figuring out the details of the temple custom, and that such aberrations aren't needed.

The mahasabha requested the group to apply this strictly in the title of the deity, with a purpose to keep the custom for which the samaj is acclaimed for. Since the verdict was taken in a meeting in the presence of trustees and samaj members, holding the deity’s ‘Gandha Prasad’, the verdict is deemed focused on the deity as witness, and going towards any decision which is taken in a meeting for betterment of the samaj, is comparable to going towards the deity, mentioned the group members.

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