Mysuru: BJP MP, Pratap Simha, has voiced strong opposition to the Mahisha Dasara celebration and has called for a “Chamundi Betta Chalo” procession on October 13th in response. Speaking to the media in the city, Simha explained that the “Chalo Chamundi Betta Jatha” is organized as a counter to the Mahisha Dasara celebration. The “Chalo Chamundi” event is scheduled for the same day as Mahisha Dasara to avoid hurting the sentiments of devotees who worship Chamundeshwari to vanquish the evil represented by Mahishasura.
Simha emphasized that this initiative is not affiliated with any political party and specifically mentioned that it is not a BJP program. Instead, it is a collective effort aimed at preserving faith and upholding tradition. He stated that they have already expressed their concerns to the District Collector and Police Commissioner and have extended an open invitation to all to participate in the procession.
Mysuru, renowned for its grand Dasara celebrations, is gearing up for its 414th Dasara this year, led by Dr. HC Mahadevappa under the guidance of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The Dasara festival, spanning over four centuries, has been celebrated continuously, except during the rule of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali. It has transcended political changes and has always been cherished by the people of Mysuru as a festival honoring Chamundi Mother and her divine significance.
The Mahisha Dasara controversy emerged in 2015-2016, sparking debates about the transformation of the demon Mahishasura into a deity. This debate continued in 2017 and 2018. However, when Yeddyurappa became Chief Minister, Mahisha Dasara was suspended for four years, respecting the sentiments of believers. Nevertheless, with Siddaramaiah’s return as Chief Minister, proponents of Mahisha Dasara have resurfaced, leading to the “Chalo Chamundi Betta Jatha” scheduled for October 13th to counter these celebrations.