Mangaluru, February 6: A newly prepared golden chariot is ready to be dedicated to Goddess Durgaparameshwari, the presiding deity of Kateel temple on Sunday February 8th, which is said to be the biggest in the state.
Ningaiah, the temple executive officer informed this at a press meet held on Thursday February 5th at the temple premises. He said, the state mujrai minister, T B Jayachandra, will be dedicating the chariot.
He revealed that, collecting donations for the proposed golden chariot in the form of gold, silver, and cash, began in 2002. Till now, 8.45 kg gold, 190 kg silver, and cash donation of Rs 1.64 crore has been collected. For the golden chariot built at a cost of about Rs 4.5 crore, 11 kg gold and 190 kg silver have been used. In addition, Gold from the temple’s stock has also been used. The chariot, which is 14’1″ in height, happens to be the tallest such chariot in the state,’ he said.
Ningaiah, speaking on the security of the golden chariot said that, apart from a gunman and closed circuit televison cameras, additional safety procedures would be followed.
He also informed that a unique shrine built by the Radha Vittal Shetty Kallateguthu family at a cost of about Rs 35 lakhs at Kudru, the place where demon Arunasura was annihilated, and which happens to be the original abode of Goddess Durgaparameshwari, will be inaugurated by union minister, Sripad S O Nayak, on February 9th.
Ministers, MPs, MLAs, higher officials, social leaders, and other dignitaries will participate in both the two programs.
He also revealed that the temple has now given much importance to cleanliness and hygiene and now, effluents of any sort are not let into River Nandini.
Vasudeva Asranna, Hereditary trustee of the temple, Gujjady Ramdas Nayak of ‘Swarna’, which created this chariot, and priest, Harinarayanadasa Asranna, were present during the press meet.