Source: The Hindu
The publicity blitzkrieg for the three-day Kittur Utsav-2010 from October 23 at the Rani Chennamma's Fort in Kittur town will be kicked off with a ceremonial puja in Bailhongal town on October 8.
For the first time in the history of Kittur Utsav, ‘Kittur Jyoti' will pass through the major cities and towns of the State, including Bangalore, so as to motivate people to take part in the three-day cultural extravaganza in large numbers. Taking ‘Kittur Jyoti' to many cities is also aimed at creating awareness on the contribution of Kittur Rani Chennamma in fighting the British rule in India. The ‘Kittur Jyoti' will be flagged off at 11 a.m. on October 8 soon after the puja at the Kittur Rani Chennamma's samadhi in Bailhongal. Thereafter, it will be taken to Khanapur, Belgaum, Hukkeri, Chikkodi, Athani, Raibag, Gokak, Ramdurg, Savadatti, Dharwad, Hubli, Shiggaon, Savanoor, Haveri, Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumkur and reach Bangalore on October 20 at 10 a.m.
On its return journey, it will leave Bangalore on October 21 and reach Kittur town on October 23 at 8 a.m. (via Davangere).
Functions to welcome the jyoti will be held at all places it will pass through and cultural programmes will be held to mark its arrival.
On its arrival at Kittur town, a function will be organised to welcome it at the Rani Chennamma Circle. Elected representatives, freedom fighters, prominent members of the society and a large number of people from the town will join the ‘Kala Jatha' that will be taken out from the circle to the Kittur Fort.
On the same evening, an exhibition and cultural programmes will be inaugurated, according to official sources here on Sunday.