Mysuru: Reiterating his opposition to the ‘Mahisha Dasara’, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha has given out a call for Mysureans to join him in ‘Chamundi Betta Chalo’ walkathon on October 13 to prevent ‘Mahisha Dasara’ that is scheduled to be inaugurated at Mahisha statue atop the hills on October 13.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, BJP MP clarified that the ‘Chamundi Betta Chalo’ rally is not a party event but the one that will be attended by well-informed citizens. The Mysore Dasara is being celebrated since 414 years except during the Tipu, Hyderali reign. People of Mysore know what’s Dasara and Navratri. But some people have begun worshipping Mahishasura, a demon in Hindu mythology, by naming it ‘Mahisha Dasara’ in 2015-16. “Then Siddaramaiah government sat quiet about such practices that has hurt many devotees. However, former minister V Somanna had tried to prevent it during the previous Yediyurappa and Basavaraj Bommai governments. However, with the Congress government back at the helm, these so-called Mahisha devotees are back at worshipping him,” MP Simha decried.
To prevent Mahisha Dasara on October 13, ‘Chamundi Betta Chalo’ walkathon will be held from the foothills of Chamundi Betta and will offer prayers to the presiding deity. Later, a daylong programmes will be held atop the hills, he said and added that he will appeal to deputy commissioner and city police commissioner not to allow Mahisha worshippers atop the hills. He urged people’s representatives of the district to join him in ‘Chamundi Betta Chalo’.
It may be recalled here that the Mahisha Dasara celebration committee will celebrate ‘Mahisha Dasara’ on October 13th atop Chamundi Hill by offering floral tributes to Mahisha. And a stage function will be at the foothills of Chamundi Hills. People from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajnagar, Hassan and many other parts are expected to participate.
However, the committee convener Purushottam had claimed that Mahisha Dasara has no connection with the Nadahabba Dasara.