Mangalore, Jan 21: Home team ‘Badaga Yedapadav’ bagged the overall ‘Best Village’ trophy with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh at the Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Kreedotsava-III villages games tournament which was held over three days, from January 18 to 20, in the fields adjacent to Shasthavu Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Temple, Badaga Yedapadav, Mijar, on the outskirts of the city.
The trophy winners were determined on points system with points being awarded on the number of wins recorded by each village in the different game categories. While the winner got 222 points, the second place (Rs. 50,000/-) went to Team Madappady, Sullia with 189 points; third place (Rs. 10,000/-) to Team Sangabettu, Bantwal with 146 points and fourth place (Rs. 5000/-) to Ariyadka, Puttur with 47 points.
Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Kreedotsava-III concluded on 20th January night with a spell binding live music concert by the famous playback singer Rajesh Krishnan and his team. He was accompanied on the stage by singer Dr Shamitha Malnad and a professional dance troupe. The jubilant prize winning team received the trophy amidst much jubilation from the event co-ordinator Vijaynath Vittal Shetty on Sunday night during a brief interlude to the Rajesh Krishnan Music Concert.
There were 40 games in 70 categories with an aggregate prize money of over Rs. 15 lakh. This is the third year of the tournament which is becoming popular year after year. This year there were a record number of 2900 entries and Vijaynath Shetty, Chief Coordinator of the event expressed his gratitude to all concerned for making the event a great success. In addition to celebrities like film stars Shivadwaj, Haripriya and Shubha Poonja who visited the event to encourage the participants on Friday and Saturday, on Sunday the thronging crowds were elated to see their favourite cricketers Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, Music Director Guru Kiran, Film Star Prem and Producer Avinash. Former Minister Nagaraj Shetty too visited the mela on Sunday.