Karnataka CM goes on temple run, visits four temples in less than 24-hours | Mangaluru News – Times of India

UDUPI: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s one-day trip to this coastal district that started on Monday evening saw him visit four temples in less than 24-hours.
This started with a visit to Udupi Sri Krishna Temple where he dedicated Vishwapatha, a new queue system for devotees to have darshan of Lord Krishna. Later, he participated in Brahmakalashotsava rituals at Sri Venkataramana Temple in Karamballi and performed gau pooja there.
Like at Sri Krishna Temple, Yediyurappa at Karamballi said Karnataka has taken a firm step towards implementing the recent legislation on ‘anti-cow slaughter’ which received nod from the Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala after the government took to the ordinance route for it is yet to receive the nod from the State legislative council. At Krishna Temple, CM said his government has taken a firm step towards protecting cattle wealth in Karnataka.
The new legislation provides punishment for slaughtering cattle and offers protection to those who act in good faith to save them. The state assembly on December 9 passed the proposed law of the government and the state government on January 6 promulgated the ordinance. The legislation on ‘anti-cow slaughter’ has been a bone of contention between the ruling BJP and opposition Congress with both using the issue to target their rival.
On Tuesday, before heading for Hejamadi, CM visited the famed Sri Mahalakshmi Temple at Uchchila along NH 66. Raghavendra Upadhya, head priest lauding his contribution for protection of cows through above legislation and for welfare of Brahmin community blessed him to stay as chief minister for another 10-year. The temple authorities invited him to take part in the foundation stone laying ceremony of its renovation on February 21.
Unmindful of the political turmoil around him, Yediyurappa said he visited temples in the district to thank the almighty for the nature’s bounty and the prosperity that good rains have brought for the state. After laying the foundation stone for fisheries harbour at Hejamadi, the CM headed for the Sri Vinayaka Temple at Anegudde in Kumbashi where he also participated in the 1008 ‘Naarikela Ganayaga’. He later left for Bengaluru on a helicopter.

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