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Jayalalithaa offers prayers at Kollur temple

By Our Staff Correspondent



The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, being accorded a `purnakumbha' welcome at Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur on Friday.

KOLLUR, JULY 30. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, on Friday visited Sri Mookambika Temple here and offered prayers.

Ms. Jayalalithaa reached Mangalore at about 6.30 a.m. by a plane from Chennai. She then took a helicopter from Mangalore to Areshiroor in Udupi district from where she reached Kollur by car at 8.15 a.m.

Ms. Jayalalithaa was accorded a "purnakumbha'' welcome at the "Mahadwara'' of the temple.

The managing trustee of the temple, B.M. Sukumar Shetty, received Ms. Jayalalithaa. Ms. Jayalalithaa's associate, Sasikala, was with her.

`Alankaram'

The Chief Minister then participated in the "Mangalaarti'' to Goddess Mookambika and offered her prayers. The Goddess was decorated in "Rajarajeshwari Alankaram'' for the day. Ms. Jayalalithaa then had a "darshan'' of the "Shankara Peetha'', Lord Veerabhadra and the "parivara'' deities on the temple premises.

Homa

Ms. Jayalalithaa also participated in the "Chandika Homa'' at the "Yaga Shala'' of the temple. After the "purnahuti'', she went to the temple for the "Mahamangalaarti''.

The "Chandika Homa'' was conducted by a team of archaks under the supervision of the chief archak, Sridhar Adiga. The Chief Minister donated Rs. 30,000 for the "Annasantharpane'' ("Annadanam'' or mass feeding) for devotees for a day (Friday).

Bus services

According to Mr. Shetty, Ms. Jayalalithaa instructed her secretary to ensure that the Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation started daily bus services from Chennai, Coimbatore and Salem to Kollur.

Ms. Jayalalithaa left Kollur for Mangalore at 1.30 p.m. Her mentor and the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the late M.G. Ramachandran, was a devotee of the deity.

He had offered a golden sword to the Goddess, which was displayed at today's "puja''.

Security

Tight security measures were in place for Ms. Jayalalithaa's visit. Photographers had a difficult time in taking pictures of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

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