Mangaluru: The Athirudra Mahayaga and Brahmakalashotsava of the Devaragudde Shri Shaila Mahadeva temple in the Kasargod district will be held between February 25 and March 2.
The speciality of this yaga is that no chemicals will be used during the rituals. Some ingredients which will be offered as oblations in the yajna are rice, sesame and others and have been grown organically. The vegetables which will be used for the 'Annadana' (mass feeding) during the programme have also been grown organically. As a prelude to this yaga ritual, Tulsi (Holy Basil) plants have been disbursed to over 2000 families and it will be collected from the families during the yaga ritual. A huge yaga shala has been set up near the temple using bamboo, grass, cow dung, areca leaves, coconut leaves and husk.
Preparations for this Athirudra Mahayaga have been ongoing for the past three years. The programme will be formally inaugurated on February 26 at around 10 am. There will be a saints' conference, wherein saints from various parts of the country will participate.
An adviser of the Yaga committee Kuntar Raveesh Thantri told reporters here on Saturday, February 22 that the rituals of the Athirudra Mahayaga will start from Febraury 26 and it will end on March 2 with the ritual 'Poornahuthi'. As part of the yaga, the Ashtothara Shatha Narikela Mahaganapathi homa, Vidya Saraswathi homa, Mahamruthyunjaya homa, Chandika homa, Ashlesha Bali etc. will be held every day. Both religious and cultural programmes will be conducted as part of this yaga.
Informing about the intention behind this yaga, Raveesh Thantri said that this is being done for the welfare of society. "To ensure the success of the yaga, various committees have been formed and hundreds of volunteers are working. A total of 121 priests will participate in the yaga rituals," he informed.
Athirudra Mahayaga committee president C V Poduval, general convener Sathish Kotekani, Shri Shaila Mahadeva Seva Trust president Dr Jayaprakash Naik, senior journalist Prakash Ilanthila and others were present.
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