Mangalore: The annual chariot festival of historic Kadri Shri Manjunatha temple has been celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and devotional fervor on Tuesday evening .
The annual fest has already begun on January 14 and it will continue till today with religious ritual ‘Avabhrutha Snana’. On January 24, there will be Malaraya Daiva (Holy Spirit) Nemotsva as part of the fest.
During the Maharathostava of Kadri Shri Manjunatheshwara, whole temple was coloured with different types of miniatures and lakhs of devotees including saints participated in the Maharathostava celebration.
Police department have provided the special security around the temple premises.
The ‘Nath Panth’ culture has been established at Kadri during A.C 10th century. According to mythology, when god Shiva explaining the tactics of Yoga to his wife Goddess Parvathi, Mathsyendranath who was in the womb of fish, heard the lesson and became philosophical son of god Shiva.
“Natha’’ culture promoter Gorakshanath was impressed with the environment of Kadri and settled their to perform the meditation. To follow the daily rituals and pooja, Mathsyendranath sends Gorakshanath to Kashi to bring the linga (idol) of Shiva, but he detects a linga in water and continues to perform the rituals.
In other side Gorakshanath installs idol of Shiva in Navanatha Kunda which he brought from Kashi. It says that Dharmastal idol and Navanath idol are same. Later, King Kundavarma had renovated the temple and built a matt for Jogies(saints).
Actually, Kadri is temple of god Kashi Kalabairava and we can see Homa Pyramid (fire pit into which oblations are offered), which formed by Parashuram during the penance. Fire never extinguish in this Homa Pyramid which is the prime specialty of this area. Whole area is filled with greenery and it also called as Muktivana. We can also see the tombs of Nath saints in this matt.