Ganeshotsava celebrated in Mangalore University campus despite opposition

Mohan Kuthar

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Sep 19: Ganeshotsava was celebrated in Mangala Auditorium of the Mangalore University on Tuesday in the presence of vice-chancellor by keeping a small colourless idol of Ganesha despite opposition amidst police security.

The idol was brought to the auditorium in the morning. The stage was decorated. Vice chancellor, chancellor and registrar took part in the ganahoma performed under the leadership of local priest Sudarshan Bhat.
Students who were wearing saffron shawls in the programme were asked to remove them by the university administration. Such students took part without their shawls.

RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat, Surathkal MLA Dr Bharath Shetty, Sathish Kumpala, Konaje grama panchayat president Geeta Damodar, vice-president Harishchandra Shettigar, former president Chanchalakshi, Sadbhavana Vedike president Prasad Rai Kallimar, retired headmaster Ravindra Rai Kallimar and others were present.
DCP Siddarth Goel, ACP P A Hegde, CCB inspector Shamsunder, Ullal police station inspector Sandeep G S and others were part of police security.

VC's action commendable: Kalladka Prabhaker Bhat

“Providing happiness and peace to everybody is the aspiration of the Constitution. We have given up the parliament formed by the British and opened our own parliament by praying to Lord Ganapathi. People have been worshipping Lord Ganapathi. The vice-chancellor has cleared the confusion in the university so that Lord Ganapathi may bless all. The act of vice-chancellor Jayaker Ameen is commendable. It is the aspiration of Hindus that all should live in harmony. We ask the same by worshipping Ganapathi,” he said.

Celebrations as per govt norms: Chancellor

“The confusion in Mangalore University campus about Ganeshotsava festival was brought to the notice of the government. As per the directions of the government a goodwill meeting was held under the leadership of students and university staff and opinions were collected. It was decided to hold Ganeshotsava like in the past so that there may be no audit observation. The festival is celebrated by collecting money from students and staff without troubling the students as per government guidelines,” said K Raju, chancellor.

Celebrations will be bigger and better next year: MLA Dr Bharath Shetty

“The government has acted so that nobody might be hurt as per the aspirations of students and parents. While there are efforts to end Sanatana Dharma by comparing it to malaria and dengue, the devotion to Ganesha has made us glad. We are expecting permission for the celebrations next year also. We will be celebrating Ganesha festival on a grand scale next year,” said Mangaluru North MLA Dr Bharath Shetty.

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  • Mahesh Lobo, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Onam is a state festival of Kerala. Pongal is the state festival of Tamil Nadu. It is Dasara which is the state festival of Karnataka. not Ganeshotsava.

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  • Sanjay Shenoy, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    In kerala all people are celebrating Onam same in Karnataka celebrate Ganeshotsava.

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  • Alphonso, Bendur

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Any religious celebration in an institutional premises must be managed and administered by the institution,'s management keeping all the political heads away. All religions must partake of such celebration in the tradition our elders had taught. Only love and affection flows. Politicians bring in politics. Festivals are the uniting force that binds India. Jai Hind

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Happy Ganeshotsava to all my Hindu brothers and sister . Ganapati Bappa Moriya .

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore Kudla

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Why intertwine religion and politics, sir? All too often, religions are wielded as political tools, following a predictable pattern: instill fear of others, promise protection from these perceived threats, and then attempt to govern and consolidate power through state machinery. Religion should be a personal matter. Countries that have distanced themselves from religion have made remarkable progress, as seen in Europe and America. In contrast, nations that exalt religion often struggle with corruption and authoritarian rule, resembling some Arab states. Take India, for instance, where urban planning and development lag behind Europe, America, the Middle East, and certain Eastern nations. This discrepancy arises from our excessive focus on God and prayers. Presently, India's mantra should be 'Work is worship,' emphasizing corruption-free diligence and unwavering commitment to quality work .Leave the gods alone .. God has given us this life ..take responsibility and live peacefully and with intelligence that is emanating out of love to each other.

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  • Divakar, Mangaluru/Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Mr. Shetty, Just recently there was an occasion in TEXAS (for your kind info.Texas is in U.S. where 10,000 people reading Bhagavadgeetha together. By the way , what is your valued opinion on the performance of Bharat during the last nine years? Finally it is not harmful to health if you develop a habit of following news and current affairs from sources other than neighborhood ones.

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  • Achhu, Mlore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    There should not be any opposition, all should welcome this as it belongs to their god.

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  • Thomas Aquin, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Hardly 100 people including priests and outsiders who dont belong to the university. Empty seats

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Why invite a communal and controversial person for a religious plus social celebration in an university?

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  • Pinthaam, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Schools/Colleges/Universities are not meant for any religious celebrations, but for imparting education only. For what purpose people have temples, churches and masjids then?

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    It should b fine provided all other religions are allowed to celebrate their feasts too.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    I assume that if a Muslim student of University does prayer in one corner of University for 2min, I am sure the same people will hav a lot of problem and it will be a national issue.

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  • Alwyn, Kudla

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Prayers are good but 2 minutes prayers at the corner turns into mosques is not good in educational institutions. I heard such things from many western countries where initial prayers is turns a big issues in offices and schools and universities

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  • Divakar, Mangaluru/Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 20 2023

    Not only in western countries,even in our own Bharat.

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Happy Ganshotsava to all.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Elected representatives talk only or ready to spend money when it comes to do with religion. What about infrastructure in the MLA's constituency garbage overflowing and Pachanady garbage victims not compensated till now? Public transport in a jeopardy.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    As long as God is happy and with blessings no problem for celebration..Here Kalladka bhat mentioning about our previous parliament by British and now we have our new parliament.Not sure why so much jealous even on our parliament built by British.So many roads bridges ,railways built by British and still we are using it.We are against British ,America,but still we buying aircrafts,and military fighters from France,America.How many our Indians work and earn from British country .This bhat should travel out of India and see the world

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    Happy Ganshotsava to all. Even Christmas and Eid should be celebrated in same manner in university campus auditorium.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Sep 19 2023

    so too, sikh, budhist, jain, parsi and jewish festivals (if there are students of the respective religion) ...

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