Mangalore, August 25 (The Hindu): Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, will be visiting the Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district on Saturday.
According to the Information Department, Mr. Wickremesinghe will arrive by helicopter from Bengaluru at Areshiroor near Kollur at around 11 a.m. He will then go to the Mookambika Temple guesthouse.
He will be given the traditional “purna kumbha” welcome at the entrance of the temple.
He will then participate in the “mangalarti” ritual at the temple. Later, he will participate in a “chandika homa” and offer the “purnahuti” at the “homa kunda” at around noon.
After lunch, he will leave by helicopter to Bengaluru at 1.30 p.m.
The Prime Minister’s wife, Maithree Wickremesinghe, and Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, V. Krishnamoorthy, will accompany them.
On account of the visit of Mr. Wickremesinghe, there would be traffic restrictions on three roads for security reasons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In a press release here on Thursday, Sanjeev M. Patil, Superintendent of Police, said that the three roads are Nittur-Kollur, Byndoor-Kollur and Vandse-Kollur. There would also be disruption of movement of vehicles entering or leaving Kollur during this period.
There would also be changes in the timings of darshan for people at the temple on Saturday. People and devotees have been urged to extend cooperation to the police, he said.
(The featured picture is that of the Mookambika temple in Kollur ,Karnataka, South India)