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Mudarangady: Devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Mother Mary. - 9/20/2012

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The yearly devotion of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady of Dolors commenced from Sunday, 9th September 2012 and ended up on Saturday, 15th September 2012.  The feast of Our Lady of Dolors was celebrated on Sunday, 16th September 2012 with solemn holy mass at 8:00 a.m.
The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and are a popular devotion in the Roman Catholic Church. There is a devotional prayer which consists of meditation on her Seven Sorrows.
The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows is the Meditation on the Mysteries and Sorrows of our Blessed Virgin Mary, who suffered silently during her life. The rosary beads are grouped into seven beads of seven with a total of forty nine beads with three additional beads and a Crucifix. Each group of seven begins with One Our Father, and seven Hail Mary, where we honor and learn to imitate the life of our Lady and her virtues.
The devotion of the Seven Sorrows, is also known as “Salve Regina” or in short “Salve” The seven-day devotion at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Kenha-Mudarangady, included the Rosary & Litany of Our Lady of Dolors, novena prayers, announcement of the names of ‘muddhoms’ of that day of devotion followed by holy mass, from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm, every day.  In his sermon, Rev. Louis D’Sa, Vicar, was addressing one Sorrow each day for seven days.
The Seven Sorrows of Blessed Virgin Mary are:
  1. The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus.
  2. The Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt .
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days.
  4. The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross.
  5. The Crucifixion, where Mary stands at the foot of the cross.
  6. The Descent from the Cross, where Mary receives the dead body of Jesus in her arms.
  7. The Burial of Jesus.
On Sunday, 16th September 2012 Rev. Louis D’Sa offered the sacrifice of Holy Mass at 8:00 am to mark the feast of Our Lady of Dolors. In his sermon, Rev. D’Sa highlighted all the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, briefly. In the evening there was Rosary of Dolors and the novena prayers at the Grotto of Our Lady of Dolors, in Mycodi.  Quite a number of devotees, drawn from in and around Mycodi, participated in the whole proceedings. At the end, light refreshments and cool drinks were served to all those who were present at the Grotto.  Lucky devotee of the year, Smt. Clara John, was given away with an unique Holy Rosary by the parish priest, Rev. Louis DSa.
The Gurkar of St. Anthony Ward, Mr. William Mendonca, was instrumental in making the festive celebrations at the Grotto a grand success, with active and timely cooperation from and participation of the members of the ward. They worked hard for two days to clean up the surrounding of the grotto and to decorate the grotto premises to have festive look.
The purpose of the Devotion of the Seven Sorrows is to promote union with the sufferings of Christ through union with the special suffering that Our Lady endured because she was the Mother of God.

South-west monsoon intensity drops across most districts in Karnatak - 9/20/2012


MANGALORE: Rainfall was fairly widespread in three districts; scattered in five; isolated in 15; and negligible in seven districts in Karnataka in the last 24-hours up to 8.30am on Wednesday. South-west monsoon was normal in six districts; and weak in 24 districts. Rather heavy rain was recorded in five districts; moderate rain in 16 districts, light rain in four districts, very light rain in four districts and no rain in one district.

Rainfall over Karnataka in the above 24-hours is considered as isolated since 19% of the hoblis and gram panchayaths recorded rainfall greater than or equal to 2.5mm. Chiklijanwada in Aurad taluk of Bidar district recorded maximum rainfall of 63.5mm in these 24-hours. W idespread, rather heavy rain was received in Dakshina Kannada district; fairly widespread, moderate rain in Kodagu and Udupi district; Bangalore based KSNDMC stated.

Scattered, moderate to rather heavy rain was recorded in Chikballapur, Gulbarga, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Tumkur districts; and isolated, light to rather heavy rain in Shimoga, Chamrajanagar, Yadgir, Uttara Kannada, Gadag, Mysore, Belgaum, Mandya, Davangere, Bellary, Raichur, Haveri, Bijapur, Koppal, Bidar, Ramanagar and Dharwad districts. Dry weather condition prevailed in remaining parts of the state.

Karnataka for the period June 1 to September 19 has recorded deficit rainfall of 23%. Against normal weighted average rainfall of 764.5mm in south-interior, north-interior, malnad and coastal parts, the state recorded rainfall of 589.8mm. For 24-hours period ending 8.30am on September 19, the four geographical regions of Karnataka received 2.2mm actual weighted average rainfall against normal weighted average rainfall of 6.9mm, a deficit of 68%.

Celebrating Lord Ganesha with colours - 9/19/2012


Manipal : Lord Ganesha inspires all with his unusual looks and through extraordinary and curious myths associated with him. Moreover, artists  get inspiration to their paintings from Lord Ganesha.

Maha Ganapathy

The exclusive painting expo “Ganesha Chathurthi Special -2012” organised by Vrikshakala, Udupi at Art Gallery, Manipal has displayed various artifacts of Lord Ganesha in the acrylic form, on canvas and Kavi paintings and also in the form of clay art sculptures.

The exhibition comprises of art exhibits from the artists Ravi Heerebettu, Srinath Manipal and Venki Palimar. Artist Ravi Heerebettu who is known for “Kavi” paintings told Deccan Herald that Lord Ganesha is one subject that every artist would like to experiment his ideas and play with colours to scribble it on the canvas.

Ravi Heerebettu was always passionate with Ganesha and when he decided to carve the Lord in “Kavi” art, the result that emerged was absolutely stunning.  

This art is an intricate art on murals promoted by the Konkani community (Saraswaths) in the coastal belt stretching from Goa to Karnataka.

The art which was on the verge of extinct,  is now attracting the artists. These are essentially mono-chrome and mural paintings.

Here, the colour used is brilliant red which is made up of “urimanju.”  Lord Ganesha’s paintings in Kavi art have given a vibrant and innovative look.

The paintings narrate the mythological stories related to the Ganesha. The Kavi art of Lord Ganesha comprises the paintings of “Ganesha and Chandra”, “Lord Ganesha placed on rat” and “Nritya Ganesha.”

Ravi Heerebettu also has five acrylic paintings representing “Mudra Ganapathy”. Artist Srinath Manipal has exhibited six canvas paintings on Ganesha.

He said an artist will have immense freedom of imagination while painting Ganesha on canvas, he added.

The clay sculptures of Venki Palimar attracted the attention of the visitors.  He said that he wanted to depict Lord Ganesha along with his various moods. He has displayed 22 terracotta sculptures and also seven Mural paintings in the expo.

He said the terracotta sculptures of Ganesha have presented the Lord in sitting , sleeping mood and Yoga posture that is “Yoga Ganesha. He is also seen playing Chennemane.
The Mural paintings are mainly focusing on colours as the artist Venki was keen on trying out with varieties of colours to illustrate Ganeshas striking appearance.

Bright colours like blue, green and orange were used to paint Ganesha.

Ganesha Chaturthi: Worshipping Vighna Nivaraka Lord Vinayaka

Known as Vighna Nivaraka (eliminator of hurdles), Ganesha is worshipped across the country by devout Hindus. Vinayaka Chaturthi, the birthday of Lord Ganesha, falls on the fourth day of Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu Lunar Calendar.

Ganesha is a prominent deity in Hinduism. Ganesha is also known with numerous other names like Vinayaka, Ekadanta, Vigneshwara, Ganapati, Lambodara The word Ganesha is a Sanskrit word which is a compound of the words “Gana” and Eesha. Gana means a group or a category. Eesha means Lord or Master. So Ganesha means “Lord of Ganas”.

The most prominent feature of Ganesha is his Elephant head. The most popular story related to his Elephant head is that Ganesha was born with a human head, but was beheaded by his angry father Lord Shiva, who then later replaced his human head with the head of an Elephant. Ganesha is also called Ekadanta.

Ganesha is worshiped in Hinduism as the God of Obstacles who can remove all obstacle in our lives. Hence Ganesha is invoked by Hindus in the beginning of everything – before setting on  new ventures, before the beginning of a journey or  at the beginning of a prayer or a ritual.   Ganesha is said to be presiding over all directions, and invoking his name in the beginning of a prayer is said to free all the directions and there by allow our subsequent prayers to reach their intended deity or deities without facing any obstacles.

Ganesha is worshiped in Hinduism as the God of Wisdom and Intelligence. Vinayaka is described as the first deity who should be worshipped (prathama vandana). Since everyone in the world desires wealth and prosperity, everyone offers the first place for worship to Vighneshwara.

In several places, Ganapathi is mentioned both in the Vedas and the Upanishaths. Many prayers are addressed to Ganapathi in the Narayanopanishath. There are also prayers to him in the Thaithiriya Upanishath. The Ganapathi Gayathri Mantra also figures in the Upanishath.

On the day of Ganesha Chaturthi, people worship the Ashtavinayakas referred to the eight embodiments of Lord Ganesha that abolished the negative powers of the evil elements that existed in this planet
Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations have special significance in Dakshina Kannada district where it is celebrated in a grand manner. Colourful pandals and mantaps are erected for the Vighna Nivaraka and he is worshipped with all religious fervor. Large sized idols of Lord Ganesha are installed at Sanghaniketan and at Nehru Maidan in Mangalore apart from places like Bunts Hostel and KSRTC bus stand, where Sarvajanika Ganeshotsava Committees are formed. The celebrations draw huge crowds and culminate with grand processions depicting colorful tableaux.

Ganesha is the supreme power who is loved and adored by one and all and Ganesha Chaturthi is a day when  devout Hindus crave for his blessings and pray for the well being of mankind

22 injured as express bus overturns near Kaup - 9/17/2012


Udupi: Nearly 22 persons travelling in an express bus sustained injuries when the bus overturned and hit a road divider near Muloor Sunni Center, Kaup  on September 16, Sunday.

Kaup Bus accident

The bus was on way to Mangalore from Udupi when the mishap took place. The driver is learnt to have lost control over the vehicle. The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kaup and Udupi. Luckily most of them suffered minor injuries.

Kaup police have registered a case.

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Padubidri hi-tech fish market not yet operational - 9/14/2012


PADUBIDRI : The hi-tech Fish Market at Padubidri, constructed at a cost of Rs 76 lakhs was inaugurated with much fanfare and also hastily on August 26 by the district minister Kota Srinivas Poojari. But, the regret is that the market is not yet open for the fish sellers. The reason is evident- the works are incomplete.

Though the Padubidri Gram Panchayat had been saying that the market would be inaugurated only after all works were complete, it had to yield to pressure from political leaders and had to agree for the inauguration at an earlier date.

An official in-charge of the works had earlier even assured that the market would be open for use the very next day of the inaugural. However, nothing like that has happened even 15 days after the inaugural much to the worry of the fish sellers.

Two Udupi women work for Rs 15 a month for last 42 years! - 9/13/2012


Mangalore : Believe it or not, 60-year-old Akku and 59-year-old Leela, residents of Kinnimulki and Beedinagudde in Udupi respectively, have been working as scavenger/sweeper in Government Women Teachers Training Institute at Udupi for a meagre basic salary of Rs 15 per month for the last 42 years!

Leela and Akku from Udupi. Photo: H.S. Manjunath


Revealing the same to media persons here on Tuesday, Human Rights Protection Foundation (Udupi) President Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, said that though the Supreme Court had passed the judgment on January 22, 2010, directing the State government to consider their claim for regularisation of employment with principles laid down by the Constitution Bench in State of Karnataka and others Vs Uma Devi and others, the duo have not received the due which they were liable even to this day.


These two women have been repeatedly requesting the higher authorities in the department of education since 1971, to sanction minimum wages given to scavengers /sweepers. In 1999, they approached the Human Rights Protection Foundation, an NGO, for guidance and support. Even after two years of systematic correspondence from the NGO, there was no result, he said.


In 2001, the duo filed a petition before the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT) at Bangalore. Soon after filing the case, the Education Department stopped even the meager salary they have been paying. But the duo continued to work without salary in the hope of getting justice from the court, he said.


Shanbhag said the KAT had directed the government to regularise the services and pay the pending wages within 90 days in its order dated July 25, 2003.


When the duo failed to get justice, they filed contempt proceedings against the government on September 6, 2004.


In reply to it, the education department filed an appeal before the Karnataka High Court against the KAT order. On October 4, 2004, Karnataka High court dismissed the appeal by the government after hearing and ordered the Government to pay the salaries. Notices were issued for contempt of courts when salaries were not paid.


Instead of paying their salaries, in 2005, Karnataka government challenged the High Court order by filing special leave petition before the Supreme Court of India. Inspite of the Supreme courts order in favour of the duo, the government has failed to pay the dues even after two and a half years of the Supreme Court’s verdict.


Now the authorities concerned are saying that the women are not employable because they have reached the retirement age.


Akku, who was present in the press meet, said that she joined the work in the Institute after her mother’s death. “My mother was getting a salary of Rs 6 per month. Though initially, the authorities concerned said that they have written to the government to regularise the service, I kpet working with a hope of better future.


In fact, my appointment as a sweeper was approved by deputy director of public instruction, South Canara,she narrated her story and added that she has five children, and her husband is a asthama patient. I want my daughters to get married. Hoping for a better future, I continued the work.


She said: I had met B S Yeddyurappa, when he was the Chief Minister. However, he had turned down her appeal.


if I had to regularise your service following Supreme Court order, then there are over 75,000 persons with similar problems waiting for the regularisation of the service, Yeddyurappa reportedly told Akku, she claimed.


When asked how they were eking out for living, the duo said: We were working in the houses of other teachers in the institute, who were paying us Rs 50 to Rs 100.


Shanbhag said that it is surprising that the government thought it better to spend lakhs on fighting these cases than pay to these two women. The air fare and DA paid to the lawyers travelling would have probably been enough to pay their arrears, he said sarcastically.

Monkey girl in Kundapur - 9/11/2012


KUNDAPUR: A four year old girl who behaves like a monkey, has aroused much curiosity among the people.

The girl who is from a family from Hubli which migrated to Kundapur, even has a semblance to a monkey. She turns her neck around all of a sudden and widens her eyes, which looks weird as well as queer. The girl named Anjali could be seen begging in the town along with her sister every Saturday.

At times, she can also be seen jumping towards her sister and then clutching her. She moves around the town hopping like a monkey and people are wondering if she was a monkey in human form. However, some feel this girl who was born deaf, was behaving in this queer fashion owing to her deafness. Whatever it is, these antics of Anjali have been helping her family earn its daily bread.

Mangalore : Krishna Vesha competition - Spectacular Scenes - 9/8/2012


Mangalore, Sep 8: On the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami festival, Kalkura Foundation organized a national level Shree Krishna Vesha (costume) competition at Kadri Shree Manjunatha temple on Saturday, September 8.

The competition was held in different categories which included ‘Kanda Krishna’, ‘MudduKrishna’, ‘Thunta Krishna’, ‘Bala Krishna’, ‘Nanda Gokula’, ‘Devaki Krishna’ and many others.

Not only were the children dressed up as Krishna, even the parents were seen in different costumes participating in some of the competitions like ‘Yashodha Krishna’ and ‘Vasudeva Krishna’.

Surprisingly, Aravind Rao (36), a businessman based in Mangalore, took part in one of the competitions solely to encourage and support his nine month old child Adhi Rao.
There were other such cases wherein the parents came to support their children.
There were more than 2000 participants taking part in a variety of competitions. 
Kateel Lakshmi Narayan inaugurated the occasion. AJ Shetty, Captain Ganesh Karnik, trustees Devadas Kumar, Purushotham, Jayaram Bhat of Karnataka Bank and Pradeep Kumar Kalukura were present among the others.

Mudarangady: The feast of Our Lady of Nativity celebrated. - 9/8/2012

William Mendonca-sfxkutam.comMonthi Fest, a unique Mangalorean tradition, has a tremendous significance to all Catholics universally and it was truly a family festival to celebrate.  Incidentally, this feast was also observed by the Canara Roman Catholics to thank God with gratitude for the new harvest and the favours received. 
After observing a nine-day novena that comprised of holy mass, novena and offering of flowers to Infant Mary, the feast of the Nativity (birth day of Mother Mary) – Monthi Fest - was celebrated in St. Francis Xaviers Church, Mudarangady, on Saturday, 8th September 2012, symbolizing a precise blend of solemnity, devotion, unity, joy and merriment.  Monthi Fest  is a family festival of love, peace and emotions.
At 8:00 a.m., the grains representing the new harvest, were  blessed inside the church as it was raining outside. Rev. Louis D’Sa, parish priest, along with Rev. Denis DSouza and Rev. Abraham DSouza, local priests, lead the prayers before the grains carried by twelve Gurkars of the church wards were blessed.
Then the celebration of solemn holy mass followed.  Rev. Louis DSa offered the sacrifice of the holy mass, together with other two priests, in the presence of the congregation that filled the church to its capacity and also delivered the festive sermon briefing about Mother Mary and how the feast was related to family feast.
At the end of the holy mass, valuable prizes were given away to the children/adults who brought flowers to offer to the Holy Virgin, during all nine days of the novena, by way of drawing lots. Then the holy grains were distributed to the members of the Parish Pastoral Parishad, the donors and sponsors of the feast and to the head of all the families of the parish.  Juicy and jumbo sugar canes were then given away to all the children present during the novena days carrying flowers, and to all adults as well. 
As per the local tradition, these holy grains are mixed with the main meal of the day that includes varieties of vegetarian dishes, participated by the whole family, invoking God's blessing before the meal. Members of the family, who could not join the meal are remembered, and those members of the family who have entered their heavenly abode are also remembered.  Non-vegetarian dishes and alcohol are normally forbidden at this meal. Some of the holy grains are even sent to the family members working outside the native place, inland or overseas, symbolizing their presence at the meal.
The Nativity Issue of 'Salaval' was released by the parish priest at the end.  Rev. Denis, Rev. Abraham, the Vice President and Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Parishad, and Mr. Santhaan Mathias, the man behind in bringing out the Issue, were present at the brief ceremony.
Sugar canes were sponsored by the children of late Lawrence DSouza, Agardande, St. Lawrence Ward. The new harvest-grains were made available by Mr. Paul DSouza, St. Anthony ward and some Gurkars of the ward.  In total, melodious choir, neatly dressed up alter boys, and marvelous discipline at the sugar cane distribution site, were the attractions of the day
8h September is a day of treble celebration for us, Mangaloreans.  Today, we have a feast celebrating the birthday of the Holy Virgin, one of the many feasts the Church reserves for her, in as much as her birthday marks a new era in the Old Covenant.  More over, it is the event that announces the fall of Paganism (the belief and practices of non-Christians and/or idol worshipers).
Also, while we celebrate the birthday of our heavenly mother, this day is also observed to show our gratitude to God for the blessings He bestowed on us particularly by way of sufficient harvest.  Moreover, it is a family feast, showing our unity and solidarity; it is the third celebration.
In the order of nature, Our Lady was conceived without original sin, giving her a singular and peerless value. She was a lily of an incomparable purity and beauty. She also had all the natural psychological gifts that a woman can ever have. God gave her the richest personality imaginable. She received the most precious graces, God ever gave to any human creature.

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