Mysuru: Thousands of devotees took part in Hanuma Jayanti which was celebrated in a grand manner in Hunasuru Town here on Wednesday December 7. Everyone, regardless of religion, took part in the procession. Non-partisan leaders and notables including Shri Nataraja Swamiji of Guru Linga Jangama Deva Matha of Gavadagere, MLA H. P. Manjunath, JD (S) MLA candidate G. D. Harish Gowda, MP Pratap Simha’s wife Arpita participated.
The procession began after garlanding the idols of Hanuman near Ranganatha Layout. The Shobha Yatra, which went through Kalkunike Circle, Old Bridge, Constitution Circle, J. L. B. Road, Bazar Road, and Hunsur Main Road, ended at the premises of Hanuman Temple in the Town. Along the way, the youth danced to the music of DJs and art troupes. At the same time, fans were also seen carrying Puneeth’s photo in the procession.
Thousands of people marched. The people of Hunsur should be motivated and should not be provoked, MLA H. P. Manjunath appealed.
7 years ago there was a riot during the Hanuman Jayanti procession. In this background, around 1,500 police personnel, 7 DAR squads, 70 CC cameras, mobile commanding vehicle and drone cameras were kept for surveillance. As a precautionary measure, the sale of alcohol was banned across the Taluk for three days and a holiday was announced for schools and colleges in Hunsur. For the last six years, no permission has been given to hold Shobha Yatra on JLB Road and Bazar Road. However, this time the police allowed the procession to take place on both roads which were identified as sensitive areas on the eve of the election.
The Muslim community gathered near the old bridge and distributed juice, buttermilk and bananas to Hanuman devotees which attracted attention. Muslim leaders said that we all have been living as brothers and sisters and celebrating the festival together.
JD (S) ticket aspirant of Hunsur Assembly Constituency in the upcoming Assembly election, Apex Bank Vice President G. D. Harish Gowda also danced in the Hanuma Jayanti procession. Hunsur Hanuman Jayanti concluded with a message of religious harmony.