MANGALURU: ‘Pushkarini’, the tank of Kudroli Sri Gokarnatheswhara Temple where idols of Sri Sharada and Navadurges are immersed at the end of Navaratri celebrations every year, will be named after Bengalurean industrialist and Ediga community leader J P Narayanaswamy (65).

The garden maintained by the temple in its premises near the tank will also be named after Narayanaswamy, who passed away in Bengaluru recently on February 9. The announcement was made by Temple administrative chief B Janardhana Poojary on Saturday.

Poojary told reporters that the tank and garden have been named after the industrialist and community leader considering his contributions towards the temple during its renovation and in other development works. “Narayanaswamy has contributed immensely for the temple during its renovation. His contributions towards Ediga community in the state are significant. To commemorate his contributions towards the community and to Kudroli Temple, we have decided to name the tank and garden after him,” Poojary said adding that a ceremony will be held to unveil the plaques at the temple premises on February 19.

Kudroli Temple president H S Sairam said that Shivaratri Mahotsava and annual festival will be held at the temple from February 19 to 26. The festival will begin with a dhwajarohana on February 19 at 11.42am. Various religious rituals including Maharudrahoma, Maharudrabhisheka, Shathasiyalabhisheka, rathotsava, Vishnubali utsava, Shivabali, Mahashivaratri jagarane bali, kattepooje, keredeepa, mantapapooje, Bhootabali, balipooje, avabhritha snana and dhwajavarohana will be held at the temple during the festival. Dhwajavarohana ritual will be held on February 26 at 11am, he added.

Kudroli Temple is famous for Navaratri festival, which very popular in the region as Mangaluru Dasara.