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Mangaluru: D Veerendra Heggade Padma Vibhushan Abhinandana Samiti organised a grand civic reception to felicitate Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade who was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan award, at Alva’s Palace Ground in Moodbidri on Sunday.
He along with other dignitaries were brought in a procession to the venue. The colourful procession comprised huge dolls, Shankha by Srinivas Poonjalkatte, Kombu and Chende from Moodbidri, colourful umbrellas, Aati Kalanja by Karunakar Guthigar Sullia, Koragara Dolu, Pooja Kunitha by Devaraj Mandya, Mysore police band, Theyyam, Chitradurga band set, Nagari by Manju Mandya, colourful Kalladka dolls, Puruliya, Chende from Kerala, Gumte Kunitha, Dollu Kunitha, police band from Mangaluru, Tulunada Vadya by Prasad Mijar, saxophone and Kathakali.
MPs Nalin Kumar Kateel, Shobha Karandlaje, Pejawar seer Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji, Moodbidri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji, Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva, Nitte University Chancellor N Vinay Hegde, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports Abhayachandra Jain, former union minister Janardhan Poojary, Yenepoya University Chancellor Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi and others were present.
Bus services from Mulki, Kinnigoli, Mukka-Surathkal-Bykampadi, Kavoor-Bajpe, Kaikamba, Vamanjoor- Gurupura, Nirumarga- Padau, Kadri- Urwa, Ullal-Thokkottu- Pandeshwar, Someshwar, Konaje, Uppala, Talapady and nearby areas were arranged and helped the people to visit and witness the grand reception.