Yakshagana ‘Harake Seva’ troupe to hold padayatra to Kateel temple

8:57 PM, Friday, November 4th, 2022


Mangaluru: Various associations, devotees and Yakshagana lovers associated with Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Yakshagana Dashavatara Mandali, popularly known as Kateel Mela, a ‘Harake Seva’ troupe, will hold a padayatra from Bajpe to Kateel temple, to demand that the state government remove the timing deadline. The event is named as ‘Shree Kateelammanede Bhaktara Nade,’ and will be held on Sunday.

Earlier, Yakshagana was held overnight. Currently, it is not allowed to use loudspeakers between 10 pm and 6am. Shree Kateel Yakshaseva Samanvaya Samiti said that because of the rule, the tradition of Kateel Mela has been damaged, which is held after midnight, and ends during the early hours.

“The century-old Kateel Yakshagana mela has its own traditions, and is different from any other troupes in the region. It is not commercial, but held as ‘Harake’ and symbol of religious faith. Further, it is beyond a cultural programme,” said Ashok Krishnapura of the samiti, while addressing reporters on Thursday.

On explaining why Kateel mela should be allowed to conduct all-night Yakshagana, Krishnapura explained that it is an age-old belief that Goddess Kateel Shree Durgaparameshwari would visit all the Kateel melas post 12 am.

“Yakshagana should also conclude during Brahmi Muhurtam. Considering all these facts, the Kateel Yakshagana should be given relaxation, and allowed to be held overnight,” said Krishnapura.

He added that the association has raised their concerns with the Dakshina Kannada district administration and political representatives. “MP Nalin Kumar Kateel in a recent meeting, assured to give special permission for Kateel Mela,” he said.

The padayatra will be joined by various Hindu associations, devotees, and Yakshagana lovers. “We are expecting around 8,000 people to join for the padayatra,” said P Sudhakara Kamath, another office-bearer of the samiti.

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