ENARADA, kokkada, February 4, 2014:
Here is a good news for those who worry about diminishing Indian culture. With a combination of Devotion, Fun, cultural and patriotic activities, The Annual Moddappa Seve held at Southadka Maha Ganapathi temple on February 3 brought cheers among those who participated.
Sowthadka, a siddhi Kshethra located in Kokkada Village, Belthangadi Taluk in Dakshina Kannada District, is a rare pilgrimage centre known for idol of Ganesh sitting majestically amidst natural atmosphere below a tree in the open field without a formal ‘Garbha Gudi’. Lord Maha Ganapathy is accessible 24×7 for his devotees as there are no obstacles between Lord and his devotees.
Every year during Magha Masa (Month of January-February) ‘Moodappa Seve’ ( immersion of ‘Appa’ prasadam over Lord Ganapati , Veerabhadraswami and Godess Parvathi in the form of Vishnu, by preparing a wall using Sugarcane sticks) a day and night long celebrations takes place at the Khsethra and devotees from all over the state assembles there enthusiastically to feel the unique experience. The out of the world flower decoration and 12 ft by 30 ft colourful rangoli depicting Lord Shiva was the main attraction this year.
‘Astothara Shata Nalikera Gana Homa’ began in the morning in the presence of sevakarthas and visitors. In the evening official program started with ‘Anugraha Bhashana’ by Sadguru Brahmananda Saraswati Swamiji of Kanyadi Sri Rama Kshethra.
Suggesting parents about imparting knowledge about India’s culture to their wards, Brhmananda Swamiji said that children are deviated from right path due to impact of foreign culture and it is the high time they have been given right directions.
‘Uthista Bharatha’ (Awaken India) An Audio – visual presentation of Patriotic Songs with Live music and narration took viewers to another world.
The narrator Prakash Malpe, said during the show that Muslims in India are leading a happy life compared to their community members in Pakistan and Bangladesh. “Muslim leaders in India are supporting the cause of ‘Akhanda Bharata’- merging Pakistan and Bangladesh into India, hoping to bring peace in their lives” Prakash said.
There were many activities happening all over the vast premises and people with specific interest seen engaging in the activities they are interested in. While, Young people were busy in lighting and watching a brilliant display of fireworks, family members were busy taking photographs of their near and dear ones in front flower decoration made in the main temple premises. Foodies were seen purchasing ‘Avalakki Panchakajjaya’, ‘Modaka’ and other Prasadam at the special counters and consuming it wandering all along the make shift stalls.
Even before the actual Moodappa Seve started 9pm as scheduled, Hundreds of people were waiting patiently from 7 pm onwards by occupying the place all over the vicinity. Actually when the main puja started, there was not even an inch of space available in the temple premises.
After all the hectic activities devotes enjoyed delicious prasadam on plantain leaves and were getting ready to watch whole night Yakshagana , ‘Tulunada Baliyendre’ by Sri Durga parameshwari yakshagana Mandali.