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As a precursor to this landmark, the sabha will hold a weeklong "Akhanda Bhajan" programme at the mandir from October 27. The seer of the Pejavar Math, Vishvesha Thirta, will inaugurate this function.
Stating this at a press conference here on Saturday, the President of the sabha, Damodhar Shriyan, noted that the Bhajana Mandir had been renovated for this occasion. The original Bhajana Mandir was located at Thannirbhavi and shifted to the present location 24 years ago, when the residents there were rehabilitated at Chitrapura-Kulai due to the New Mangalore Port project.
Under the "Akhanda Bhajan" programme, devotees would sing bhajans round-the-clock for a week and it would culminate at dawn on November 3.
Mr. Shriyan said the seer of Sri Chitrapur Math, Vidyavallabh Thirta, would grace this occasion and deliver benedictions on the devotees.
Members of 62 bhajana mandalis in Dakshina Kannada District would participate in the festivities.
He said hereditary leaders of the mandir, temple priests, and all others associated with it for the past 24 years would be honoured as part of the festivities.
The highlight of the valedictory scheduled for November 3 would be the traditional "mosaru kudike" and "vokkuli" followed by a bath in the nearby Arabian Sea, and a puja at the temple and mass feeding in the noon. Mr. Shriyan said the mandir could well have a history of over a thousand years.
He said the original documents of the mandir was not available, and added that as per information passed on to successive generation of the Mogaveera (fishermen) community of Thannirbhavi, the history of the mandir went long back.
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