Mysore, Oct. 18 (RK&KMC)- Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, bowing to the pleas put forth by the media photographers, performed pushparchane (showering of petals) to the Ambari (golden howdah) twice yesterday.

The deviation from the tradition of performing pushparchane to the howdah bearing the idol of Goddess Chamun-deshwari twice, caused embarrassment to the scion of the royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and other dignitaries.

Eager to perform the duties as the chief guest, Yeddyurappa quickly ascended the dais, followed by Wadiyar, High Court Chief Justice Khehar Singh, District In-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, Forest Minister C.H. Vijayashankar and State Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath, all of them ready with flower petals in their palms, to do the honours.

Directing the Mahout to make Balarama stand in a proper position, Yeddyurappa reverentially showered petals on the idol. This was captured by hundreds of video and still photographers who waited for this moment with bated breath. However, some of the photographers, who missed the opportunity, signalled at the Chief Minister, requesting him to perform pushparchane once again. The Chief Minister however did not notice this and stepped down from the dais.

The photographers then approached Ramdas, who was still on the dais, to provide them with one more opportunity.

Ramdas then went up to the Chief Minister and managed to convince him for another 'retake.'

Though the photographers expressed gratitude to the CM there were also those among the audience who frowned in disapproval of the tradition being broken by a chief guest.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore