Mangaluru: The procession was a great success in the city, but what was more successful were the food stalls. Apart from the success earned through revenue, the fun and food which the people enjoyed this time was great to witness.
This wholesome package for family and friends saw a number of street food stalls lined up on one side of the road and the food was excellent. The pacchodi charmuri was a great hit and so was the Rs 5 roasted groundnuts. The food was not only inexpensive and appetizing but also reminded the foodies about their nostalgic childhood experiences.
The charmuri priced at Rs 20 and Rs 25 for the raw mango (pacchodi) charmuri. Chinese food included regular veg noodles for Rs 30 and gobi manchuri that can question your health was sold at Rs 30 again. Fried items like munchi bhajji (long chilly pakoda) and potato filled ambade or two samosas would cost a mere 30 bucks each.
Close to or more than 1,00,000 people who were present on the route areas in total, had each something to eat for sure. The street food stalls had roasted corn, steamed sweet corn, cucumber (thekkare) with spicy powder, chats of all kinds and more. Well, as for drinks they had ready to make juice shops, sugarcane juice and lots of other stalls, infact there was a fresh buttermilk shop in lalbaugh.
“We had prepared for this a long time, I am just a tea and egg shop worker but it was the plan of my owner to serve buttermilk as well. It always goes down easy and cools down the body after a good meal. We also sold aerated drinks but the buttermilk sold like hotcakes”, said Varun the tea shop keeper next to Pabba’s ice cream.
More tableaux from all around Mangaluru city joined the procession at Lalbaugh. There were a total of 75 tableaux which had mythological set ups, pili vesha (local tiger dance) and music trucks apart from the idol bearing ones. The tableaux that a woman was driving awed the viewers.
The route taken was close to six kilometers from Gokarnanatheshwara Temple to Ladyhill by Lalbhaugh – PVS – K S Rao Road – Hampankatta and then back to the temple.
The immersion is to begin at 9 in the morning and the incessant rain was hindering movement. Traffic which was halted at various connecting roads were open as soon as the whole procession passed by.