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Chikkamagaluru: Datta Jayanti passes off peacefully

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | M B GIRISH
Published Dec 23, 2018, 7:55 am IST
Updated Dec 23, 2018, 7:55 am IST
The police had tightened security and deployed forces at strategic spots to prevent a repeat of last year's violence
Thousands of devotees stand in queues on the occasion of Datta Jayanti organised by VHP and Bajarang Dal at  Bababudan Giri near Chikkamagaluru on Saturday	—KPN
 Thousands of devotees stand in queues on the occasion of Datta Jayanti organised by VHP and Bajarang Dal at Bababudan Giri near Chikkamagaluru on Saturday —KPN

Chikkamagaluru: An estimated 13, 000 pilgrims from various parts of the state descended on the Baba budangiri Hills in Chikka magaluru on Satur day to offer  prayers on the last day of the  Datta Jayanti.

The  three-day ritual organised at the disputed  Dattareya  Peeta atop the hill by the Rashtriya Swayam sevak Sangha, Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the BJP passed off peacefully with the police keeping a hawk's eye on the proceedings.

 

Despite the cold in the hills, devotees washed themselves in a stream, the Honnamamana Halla, before beginning their journey to the cave shrine, wearing a Datta mala and carrying offerings for the deity on their heads.

 The police had tightened security and deployed forces at strategic spots to prevent a repeat of last year's violence when a few saffron activists had hoisted a saffron flag at the disputed site, leading to tension in the Bababudangiri Hills. The police had to cane the devotees  to restore order.

Thankfully, there was no such incident this time and Chikkamagaluru Superin tendent of Police, Harish Pandey, told reporters  that vehicles made their way easily to the hill-top this year as the road had been widened.  As many as a 1,000 vehicles ferrying devotees had gone up the hill without causing any traffic snarls, he said. Among the prominent  BJP leaders, who visited the cave shrine, were MLA C.T. Ravi and Lok Sabha member, Shobha Karandlaje.  Both leaders urged the state government to give ownership of the disputed site to Hindus without more delay.

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