The three-day-long ninth Maha Kumbha Mela, which is held once in three years at Thirumakudalu Narasipura, concluded today with Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar participating in the valedictory ceremony.

Shettar, who arrived at the shrine with wife Shilpa Shettar from Bangalore in a helicopter, offered puja in the temples at Thirumakudalu, the confluence of three rivers.

Speaking after inaugurating the valedictory function, Shettar said that though he had only served as the Chief Minister for seven months, he had the good fortune of experiencing all the major events that a CM normally experiences during a five-year tenure — presenting the State Budget, Mysore Dasara festival, Rajyotsava, Independence Day function, Republic Day function, legal battle over Cauvery water dispute, Kumbha Mela, etc.

“When I was sworn-in as CM, some persons had remarked that the government will collapse in a month’s time. But it did not happen. My term concludes during May 2014 and I am confident of completing the term… even if some more MLAs quit,” he said.

He also assured of overall development of T. Narasipura taluk and also develop it as a pilgrimage centre in the tourist map of the State. “I cannot speak much on this as the poll code of conduct is in force,” he said.

District In-Charge Minister S.A. Ramdas, speaking on the occasion, said that despite the drought-like situation, it is a positive development that the Kumbha Mela is held in all its grandeur. “Plans are on the anvil to develop the Thirumakudalu area and provide basic amenities to the devotees in T. Narasipura, along with 107 tourist destinations in Mysore district, identified under the Tourism, Heritage, Exhibition and Nada Habba (THEN) Committee,” he said.

Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Adichunchanagiri Mutt’s Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji, Kanakagiri branch Mutt’s Shivanandapuri Swamiji and other seers graced the occasion.

The number of devotees visiting the shrine was higher than yesterday, as the lagna past noon to take a holy dip in Thirumakudalu is considered auspicious.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore