Mangaluru, Oct 16: The Kudroli Dasara or Mangaluru Dasara -2020 will be inaugurated by Dr Arathi Krishna, former deputy chairperson of Karnataka NRI forum on October 17 at Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple in the coastal city.
This year’s Mangaluru Dasara will be celebrated under the slogan 'Namma Dasara - Namma Surakshe' (Our Dasara Our Safety).
Former minister Janardhana Poojary, the man behind the development of the Kudroli temple, finalised the name of Dr Arathi Krishna for inauguration of the Dasara keeping in mind her relentless efforts towards bringing back stranded Indian expatriates from various countries during covid-19 lockdown.
The event will commence at 9:30 a.m. with Guruprarthane, followed followed by Kalasha Prathiste at 11.30 am. Formal inauguration of Dasara festival will be held at 12 noon. Navadurga and Sharada Prathiste and Pushpalankara Mahapooja will be held at 12.30 pm. Bhajan programme will start at 7 pm. Devi Pushpalankara pooja.
Dr Arathi Krishna is a native of Chikkamagaluru district but was born in Udupi. Her father is former minister Begane Ramaiah and mother Seetha B Ramaiah.
Dr Arathi Krishna responded to the pleas of NRIs during the covid pandemic and resolve their issues especially in chartering flights. Using her influence and experience, she helped over 40,000 NRIs from Middle East and other parts of the world to fly home during covid crisis.
Due to her continuous contacts with the ambassadors of various countries she was able to help scores of NRIs, who approach her in difficult times. She has helped thousands of NRIs living in countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain China, Italy, Australia, America, Philippines, Spain, Finland, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Poland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and England.
She was conferred with Rajyotsava award, honourary doctorate of Kuvempu university, honorary award of Sahyadri Sangha, Mahatma Gandhi Sammana award in Bangkok, Dubai Kannada Kayaka Ratna and Indian community award from the governor of Maryland State of USA.