Bengaluru: Dakshina Kannada district in-charge and Muzrai minister Kota Srinivas Poojary has said that the muhurtam (auspicious time) has been fixed for the mass marriage to be conducted on April 26 and May 24, 2020, by the Muzrai department.
Speaking to the media at the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday, October 31, he said, “As per the proposal submitted to the Muzrai department in this regard, the government has decided the auspicious time for the marriage in temples graded between 90 to 100 A as per the muzrai norms. We have also decided on the cost to be incurred. As much as Rs 40000 will be spent on Mangal Sutra, Rs 10000 on sarees for the brides and Rs 5000 for grooms to buy dhoti and panche (traditional attire) will be given. The amount will be credited to the bride and grooms’ accounts a month before the marriage date.”
According to the minister, around 1000 couples are expected to get married on the two dates. He added that only those who wish to get married according to the Hindu customs and traditions are allowed.
He also informed that chemically treated kumkum is strictly prohibited in the Muzrai temples.
Speaking about the increase in honorarium for the Yakshagana artistes, the minister said, “We have received several complaints that the honorarium given to the Yakshagana artistes at the Yakshagana mela’s organized in the muzrai temples is less. As a solution, the government has decided to form a committee of experts under the leadership of Yakshagana Academy president M A Hegde. A decision will be taken in a few months.”
“The Muzrai department will institute an award worth Rs 1 lakh for those who excell in the field of Yakshagana, in the name of Haradi Ram Ganiga,” he added.