Manneththina Amavasya today: Free bus travel scheme adds to festival spirit

Manneththina Amavasya today: Free bus travel scheme adds to festival spirit

June 18, 2023

Sub-Urban, City Bus Stands chock-a-block with thousands of women heading for temples

Mysore/Mysuru: The KSRTC Sub-Urban and City Bus Stands experienced an unusually high influx today as thousands of women took advantage of the ‘Shakti’ free travel scheme for women, introduced by the State Government.

The women, dressed up in their best sarees and wearing jewellery and Mysuru Mallige (jasmine) on their braids, flocked to the bus stands in large numbers to visit Chamundi Hill Temple, Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple in Nanjangud and other renowned Lord Shiva temples in around Mysuru and Chamarajanagar districts seeking darshan of the deities on ‘Manneththina Amavasya’.

‘Manneththina Amavasya’, which signifies the beginning of Ashada Month, is widely celebrated across the State.

The festival is observed by farmers and their women folk to express their gratitude to the bullocks that plough the fields and help in sowing crops. On the day of ‘Manneththina Amavasya’ (clay mound new moon), a special worship will be conducted for clay figurines representing the bullocks.

Usually, agricultural activities begin with the onset of the monsoon season. Just before the start of the ‘Punarvasu’ rains, farmers perform the ritual of planting paddy, signifying the completion of the transplantation process. To celebrate this occasion, farmers observe ‘Manneththina Amavasya’.

Devotees from various districts, predominantly women, gathered at the City Bus Stand early in the morning to visit temples on this special Amavasya day falling on a Sunday. To accommodate the heavy rush, the KSRTC deployed 70 buses just to Chamundi Hill.

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But as the hours passed, the KSRTC authorities struggled to meet the rising number of devotees and arranged additional buses for the Chamundi Hill route. There was also a significant demand for city buses heading to Srirangapatna.

A similar situation unfolded at the Sub-Urban bus stand, where women gathered to visit the Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple in Nanjangud, Nimishamba Temple near Srirangapatna, Adichunchanagiri Temple near Bellur Cross in Mandya district, Male Mahadeshwara Hills Temple in Chamarajanagar district, and other prominent temples.

Sources revealed that KSRTC authorities had to redirect buses from other routes to accommodate the surge in women passengers travelling to various temples. However, this sudden deployment led to frustration among passengers waiting for buses to their intended destinations or for buses arriving in the city from other places.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Manneththina Amavasya today: Free bus travel scheme adds to festival spirit”

  1. Arun says:

    By announcing freebies like free electricity, cash for housewives and unemployed graduates, the government has set a dangerous precedent. One never knows, there might be undesirable consequence of these freebies in future. When something is free people become careless and do not value that thing. This is human tendency. Just take the example of Jio SIMs. PEOPLE ARE MADLY ADDICTED TO THIER PHONES NOW. I don’t say everyone got addicted due to Jio SIM but Jio definitely changed the way Indians consumed internet data. When Jio announced free data, other companies started giving out similar offers out of fear of losing customers. Similar situation will arise in political space also. Other political parties will dole out similar benefits out of fear of losing elections.

  2. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    Hey Arun
    You are posting this nonsense, twice under 2 different topics, not changing them even a small bit, because, you have a very poor education and a low grasp of issues because of that poor education. Thesw are the characteristics one finds in an IT Techie coolie, who does monotonous program coding work, because, Indian IT Techies do not mind that kind of outsourced work by Western companies, as they are paid in Rupees, which they think is great.
    Growp and do some community service to understand what a low income does for families.


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