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Devotees decide to visit Kateel Temple following decision to shorten Yakshagana shows

They will pray in front of Sri Durgaparameshwari to ask for the cancellation of the decision of the temple committee and restore the performances throughout the night.

They will pray in front of Sri Durgaparameshwari to ask for the cancellation of the decision of the temple committee and restore the performances throughout the night.

A section of Yakshagana lovers and devotees of the Kateel Durgaparameshwari temple will visit the temple on Sunday to express their dissatisfaction with the decision of the temple’s management committee to adopt time-limited Yakshagana performances, a deviation from the nocturnal performances.

The march, “Kateelammanede Bhaktara Nade”, was called by Sri Kateel Yaksha Seva Samanvaya Samiti. The walk will start at Sri Sharada Shakti Kendra in Bajpe at 8:30 am. “We will all go to the temple and pray to the Almighty for the restoration of Yakshagana performances all night long,” a member of the samiti Ashok Krishnapura told reporters here on Thursday.

Mr Krishnapura said the temple management’s decision to halt traditional all-night Yakshagana performances by Kateel Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Yakshagana Mandali and switch to time-limited performances from this month has hurt many many devotees.

“The performances of the six troupes of the mandali are different as they are organized by the devotees as a form of seva at Durgaparameshwari. It is also believed that the almighty leaves the temple at night after all the pujas to bless the devotees gathered at the performances, where devotees accept prasada when Yakshagana ends in the morning. This traditional belief will be affected by the time-limited performances,” he said.

P. Sudhakar Kamath, another member of the samiti, said that the offerings made by devotees for the staging of Yakshagana are for night performances and not for time-limited performances. “The temple management did not respect the feelings of devotees and unilaterally decided to shorten Yakshagana performances,” Mr Kamath said, adding that the decision came as a surprise at a time when many Yakshagana Melas sued. the tradition of staging Yakshaganas all night long. . The state government should make an exception for mandali troupes and restore Yakshagana shows all night.

In August, the century-old Yakshagana troupe Kateel Durgaparameshwari Prasadita Yakshagana Mandali decided that from November, the six mandali troupes will perform Yakshagana performances between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. only. The temple’s management committee said the decision was taken in view of a government circular issued in May 2022 banning the use of loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. “Devi Mahatme”, which relates to the goddess Durgaparameshwari, is a highly sought after Yakshagana Prasanga. of these troops.