Mangalore, October, 6: The coastal city is well prepared to host the grand Shobha Yathra, the last leg of the nine-day Mangalore Dasara festivities, on Thursday evening.
Thousands of devotees, enthusiasts and tourists from across the country and abroad are expected to take part in the procession, which will commence at Shri Kshetra Gokarnanatheshwara, later in the evening.
Lavishly decorated temple surroundings and streets are adding to the festive mood.
The idols of goddess Sharada, Nava-Durga and lord Ganesh will be taken on 7 km Shobha Yatra in decked up chariots in the presence of montages, traditional dances and musical instruments.
The Shobha Yathra will pass through Kudroli Ullal Nursing Home-Durgamahal-Mannagudde-Ladyhill-Lalbhag-PVS, Navabharath Circle-K S Rao Road-Hampankatte-K B Circle-Mohini Vilas-Carstreet-Balaji Newchitra-Alake and reach back to Kudroli temple and all the idols will be immersed in the temple pond.
For the first time, the entire 7 km procession route has been decked up with colourful lights.
The police department is taking all precautionary measures for the smooth conduct of procession. Security has been beefed up across the city, with the deployment of additional police, especially in sensitive areas.
In the wake of Shobha Yathra, traffic in the city limits will be diverted after 4 pm. The movement of heavy vehicles from Ladyhill to Kudroli and New Chithra Talkies to Kudroli has been banned. The city buses should strand on the road behind the temple.
All the vehicles which move out of the city via Lalbagh should take deviation to left towards Hampankatta and proceed towards Ambedkar Circle-Bunts Hostel and move via Mallikatta-Nanthur. Except KSRTC, no other vehicles should strand on Circuit House or Kuntikana route. Provision buses should strand via Horticulture office-Ambedkar Circle route.
The parking facilities of vehicles has been done either side of the main road where the procession passes through is also banned. Vehicles must be parked at Urwa Market, Gandhinagara by lanes in 45 degree angle.
Similarly, traffic from in the way of Mangaladevi Rathotsava will be changed from 7pm onwards.
Once the Shobha Yathra begins then the movement of all the vehicles from Cassia, Monkey stand, and Mulihithlu side will be banned. All the vehicles plying via Cassia should move towards Jeppu Market- Mulihithlu.