The religious fervour of Mahashivaratri festival tomorrow has pervaded the city with elaborate preparations going on at various temples today.

On account of the festival, the 11 kg Chinnada Kolaga (Golden Mask) kept in the District Treasury was brought under tight Police security to the historical Trineshwara temple in Palace premises this morning.

The Golden Mask will adorn the idol of the deity tomorrow morning after the religious rituals. The temple will be open for darshan for the public from 6 am tomorrow till late in the night.

A giant TV screen will also be erected for devotees to watch the religious rituals along with good drinking water facility and prasada distribution points, according to temple sources.

Chinnada Kolaga: The historical Chinnada Kolaga in 11 kg pure gold was presented in 1952 by the then Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar. It is significant that this mask has maintained its natural glitter despite not being polished even once.

The Kolaga was today handed over to the authorities of Trineshwara temple in the presence of DC Dr. Ramegowda, Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya and other Muzrai officials along with Chamundeshwari Temple (Ch. Hill) Executive Officer Anand Gramopadhyaya.

Preparations were also seen at Kamakameshwari temple and 108 Linga temple on Ramanuja Road, Srikanteshwara temple in Nanjangud, Mahabaleshwara temple atop Ch.Hill, Amrutheshwara and Chandramouleshwara Temples and others.

Police appeal: City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer in a press release has appealed to the public to maintain peace in city tomorrow on account of Mahashivaratri.

Jay-walking on streets till late in the night harassing the women and the aged is prohibited. The youths should keep away from eve-teasing and anti-social activities. The devotees at temples should also maintain peace and prevent any untoward incident to ensure a peaceful festival, appealed the Police Commissioner in his press release.

Ganga Jala (holy water from river Gangas) is expected to arrive in city at 6 pm today from Bangalore to be sent to various temples for distribution among devotees.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore