Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple

Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple is also known as Mangalore Rathotsava. Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple is one of the famous festivals of Mangalore that attracts a lot of tourists to come to Mangalore.

Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple in Mangalore is a six day festival that is celebrated by the people of Mangalore with immense pomp and show. On each of the six days of the festival, some of the temples in Mangalore organize feasts and distribute 'chaneghashi', 'dalitoi' and 'goddi'. Chaneghashi, dalitoi and goddi are rice, lentils and a certain kind of bread that are prepared specially for the occasion by the young men clad in yellow, orange and red attire. In fact, as many as 1500 volunteers participate in the Mangalore Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple.

Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple at Mangalore is celebrated in the month of January. The celebration of the Car Festival of Venkatramana Temple includes yajnas, samraradhana, vasantha pooja, so on and so forth. But the main celebration consists of carrying the titular deity on a gigantic 'Theru'. 'Theru' or 'Kodial Theru' is a wooden car that is decorated with a towering cloth 'hat'. After bedecking the wooden car, the titular deity i.e. Venkatramana Swamy is placed in it and the devotees haul the car around the city. Devotees from the length and breadth of the city come to participate in the event.

The people of Mangalore celebrate Car Festival of the Venkatramana Temple with extreme enthusiasm every year.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011



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