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Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had desired to see the monoliths but  could not as the area was marooned under water

Mysore: Villagers of Arasinakere in Jayapura Hobli of Mysuru taluk have unearthed two giant statues of Nandi (bulls) in a nondescript field that was so far marooned in water. The idols are monolithic and so far were buried deep inside the earth. 

Interestingly, the name of the village Arasinakere, translated to English means ‘King’s Lake’. Villagers say that the Lake was frequently visited by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar during the fag end of his rule.

While one Nandi statue measures 15ft in length and 12 ft in height, the other statue is smaller. The horns of the Nandis were observed by the villagers and following this, villagers started offering pujas to them. The statues were excavated yesterday using earthmovers in a four-day long operation.

The statues were found facing each other, which has roused curiosity among the villagers and people in surrounding areas, who have started thronging the spot.

Jayachamaraja Wadiyar’s efforts

According to a villager, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, who had heard about a temple of Basaveshwara that had remained under water, came to the village and saw water that had covered the entire field. 

He then dispatched men and materials including a motor to pump the water. Villagers say that Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had come to know about the existence of a Shiva temple (Basaveshwara) complete with Nandi Statues and the idols of other Gods and Goddesses. 

Villagers said that the men could not accomplish the task even after one week of relentless work as the presence of water was a daunting factor. Jayachamaraja Wadiyar had to be content by performing puja to the water as he believed that his prayers will reach the Nandi, termed Basaveshwara by villagers.

Villagers see success

After Jayachamaraja Wadiyar’s futile efforts to excavate the giant statues, villagers continued their efforts from time to time and launched the work of removing water. They eventually succeeded but only the facial part of Nandi could be seen. Since then, they have been worshipping the idols.

Now, they have finally excavated the remains using earth movers. They have also found various other idols of the Gods and Goddesses proving the existence of a huge temple, now buried under earth. 

Some villagers said that more than ten idols of Gods too were found at this spot but they did not have a specific identity of them. Although these idols are said to be dated to the Mysuru Maharaja rule, there is no clarity about this, they said.

Archaeology Department flayed

The villagers also regretted that the Archaeology Department had failed to visit Arasinakere, which is just 15 kilometres from Mysuru and conduct a study of the Nandi statues and other idols. Pointing out that they have been worshipping these statues for over three decades, they said that the locals were doing the job of removing the silt around the statues once the water receded at the spot, so that they could be better visible.

Arasinakere Gram Panchayat member Somanna said that barring a single visit by the Archaeology Department officials to the spot, nothing has happened later on. He wanted the authorities to preserve the Nandi statues and develop the spot on the lines of Nandi statue atop the Chamundi Hill.

Heritage expert view

Mysuru Heritage Committee member Prof. N.S. Rangaraju, who is also the Convener of Mysuru Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), said that a villager had told him about the statues and he had visited the spot about 18 months ago. But as the spot was fully filled with water then, he could not see the statues. 

However, he said that he has seen the photographs of the statues. As per the available photographs, it can be said that the sculptures are incomplete as sculptures around the eyes and ears are not distinct. Also, there are no carvings of rope, chain and a bell around the neck of the statues as can be generally found in other Nandi statues. 

Besides, the face-to-face location of the statues too is surprising. Whether there was a Shiva temple at the spot or were these statues meant for relocation to any other place can throw more light on the statues, he said. Meanwhile, Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Commissioner T. Venkatesh said the Department had not received any information on the statues.

However, the authorities would hold a review of the excavations, he added.


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Mysuru: Very soon, students of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU)can watch videos of study materials and lectures at the comforts of their homes and need not depend on any other source for learning. Learning through audio-visual medium will enhance their knowledge in a speedy manner. The Open University has been recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) till the year 2023. 

The KSOU that has got approval for 50 Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and PG Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Courses (all non-technical) has decided to upload the videos on YouTube and this is the first-of-its-kind initiative in Karnataka as no State University has so far attempted this initiative. 

The material will be uploaded on to YouTube after seeking approval from the KSOU Board of Management that will meet on July 31, said KSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Vidyashankar. 

Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, he said that online videos was one of the demands made by students and the University too realised that uploading videos on the internet will give easy access to students. 

“With the facility, students can either watch the videos online or download them to watch offline from the comforts of their homes or offices. Of the 11,000 students enrolled in KSOU, many come from the rural backgrounds and they may not be able to attend the contact classes. In such a situation, these videos will help them learn the lessons without missing out on syllabus,” he said. 

“We got the idea from some Universities that offer technical courses through online videos. Ours is a University that offers non-technical courses and we came up with the similar idea,” the VC revealed. 

Under the system, lecturers and professors will be asked to speak about subjects and then they will be filmed by a private agency. These lecture sessions will cover all topics in the syllabus and once the Board of Management approves it, tenders will be called from private agencies to record the videos and upload them on YouTube. 

“All 50 courses offered by KSOU will have their material available online, prepared by various experts. These will run into 46 to 50 hours study materials and will be helpful to students since they can access these lessons through their computers and mobile phones,” Prof. Vidyashankar added. 

KSOU is also working on its online portal. Currently students can only use the online portal for admissions and paying fees but it will be upgraded where students can get their documents and study materials along with the materials that will be despatched to their doorsteps. 

The University will seek approval from the Board of Management to outsource the online portal work. The portal is based on Enterprise Resource  Planning (ERP). 

As rural areas do not have easy access to internet, students have to visit the KSOU regional offices or study centres at Taluk headquarters to secure admission forms and payment of application, admission and examination fees through SBI challans. Now with the portal, this academic year more than 7,500 students have applied online for examinations, said the VC.

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Mysuru:  On Saturday at the session on media titled “Is the Fourth Pillar of Democracy still strong?” Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV and Shanth Kumar, Director of The Printers Mysore Private Limited, which runs the Deccan Herald and Prajavani newspapers, participated.

The session was moderated by Vikram Muthanna, Managing Editor, Star of Mysore and it was a lively interaction and views about the media were well expressed.

Shanth Kumar, when asked about good journalism, said that one of the problems faced by the journalists in India is that if they wanted to present facts they are faced with the problems of facing the law of Criminal Defamation, which was a British era law used to harass the journalists. Hence, the newspaper quality has suffered leading to a fair amount of Trust Deficit not only in India but all over the world. 

To a question by industrialist Raian Irani, why the BBC model where it is owned by the Government but still maintains its independence is not followed in India, the panellists were of the unanimous opinion that such a model, though is very good, is not possible in our country as even Doordarshan, a publicly-funded organisation, is not discharging its role independently.

He also went on to say how with the advent of digital media, the role of journalists become even more relevant and he added, “Good Journalism is an expensive model” meaning that for authentic news, media organisations have to pay well to journalists to maintain their credibility.

Me Too Movement

Shobhaa De, speaking about her book Shobhaa De at 70 – Selective Memory yesterday, when asked by moderator Mahesh Rao about her views on Me Too Movement of which she is a strong votary, said that she had not budged even a centimetre regarding her support for the Me Too Movement but for both men and women.

She said that it was for the courts to decide whether the conduct of the alleged perpetrators were good or bad. However, it was sad that the movement has fizzled out. 

For instance, she said that M.J. Akbar was pretty much back in the Government though and now those women  who have complained against him will become powerless. But it is important to stay with the movement for everyone, like actress Tanushree Dutta, who is fighting a case against Nana Patekar, by steadfastly holding on to her stand, Shobhaa De added.

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BJP workers tweet: Welcome JD(S) Minister G.T. Devegowda to party !

Bengaluru: The H.D. Kumaraswamy Government, which is hanging by a thread provided by the Supreme Court that has ordered a status quo till tomorrow (Tuesday), will seek Trust Vote on July 18 at 11 am. 

Kumaraswamy met Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar this morning and handed over the Trust Vote seeking letter and informed the date. This move will give time for the Congress and JD(S) to bring its house in order and try to win over rebel MLAs and rescue the JD(S)-Congress Coalition Government.

The political crisis is not showing any signs of relenting despite hectic parleys by the leaders of Congress and J(S) as the rebel MLAs remain adamant on resignation.

The 14 MLAs, who are camped at a hotel in Mumbai, have once again sought Maharashtra Police help to block any political leader from meeting them as they suspect serious threat. 

The Opposition BJP had demanded a trust vote to be held today itself and the party has asserted that the coalition has lost majority and Kumaraswamy should resign immediately or prove majority through a trust vote today itself. 

Following the Speaker’s decision to allow the CM to seek a trust vote on July 18, BJP State President B.S. Yeddyurappa (BSY) wanted the Speaker not to convene Assembly Session till that day (July 18). The Assembly that was supposed to begin at 12.30 pm today did not start till 2 pm with the MLAs going into a huddle discussing strategies and counter moves. 

The BJP has announced that they won’t allow the proceedings in the House until the motion of confidence is held at the earliest. The House Business Advisory Committee (HBAC) will decide on whether the Assembly Session will be held till Thursday or not. There was no clarity on the issue till we went to Press. 

As of now, 18 MLAs (including two Independents) have resigned bringing down the Assembly strength from 224 to 206. Congress-JDS strength has come down to 101 (including one from BSP), while BJP has 105 and support of the two Independent MLAs.

S.L. Dharmegowda, Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Council, this morning adjourned the Session till tomorrow due to the ruckus created by BLP MLCs. They were urging for the floor test and refused to conduct the proceedings in the House.

MLAs write to Mumbai Police

The rebel MLAs staying at Renaissance Hotel at Powai in Mumbai have written to the Mumbai Police Chief saying they don’t want to meet M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress leader.

There have been speculations that Kharge, some other senior Congress leaders and Kumaraswamy himself may visit the hotel where the MLAS are holed up. In their letter, the rebel MLAs said they have “absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress dignitary.” The MLAs said they feel threatened, and requested the Police to stop any Congress leader from meeting them.

BJP workers welcome GTD

In an interesting development, BJP workers have tweeted welcoming Mysuru District Minister G.T. Devegowda (GTD) to BJP fold. The tweets sent by BJP workers have gone viral since this morning. Roughly translated from Kannada to English, the tweets read, “We welcome G.T. Devegowda who has quit father-and-sons-party (JDS) and joined BJP, appreciating the good work to the nation done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

“Your son G.D. Harish Gowda was denied a ticket from JD(S) in Hunsur and why do you want to stay in a party that is already dead. Your son has been cheated,” the tweet read.

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Sriharikota: India’s second unmanned mission to the Moon, named Chandrayaan 2, has been put on hold citing technical issues, and a revised countdown is to be announced shortly. The launch was scheduled from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 2.51 am today. 

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had entrusted the job of carrying a 3.8-tonne rover to the Moon to the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk-III), India’s most powerful launcher till date. The GSLV Mk-III is Nicknamed ‘Bahubali.’

A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle at T-56th minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, the Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off for today, said ISRO in a tweet. A revised launch date will be announced later, they added.

“The technical snag was noticed. We first have to approach the vehicle to assess the problem. First we have to empty the fuel loaded in the rocket, then the rocket will be taken back for further investigation,” an ISRO official said. “This process will take 10 days after that only we can decide on the launch  schedule,” he added. 

ISRO had aimed to touch down on the South Pole of the Moon where no country had gone before. President Ram Nath Kovind had flown in to Sriharikota to witness the launch.

Confusion prevailed at the media centre as the countdown timer stopped with 56.24 minutes to go for the lift-off. Mission Control made an announcement that the countdown has been held back. “It is not possible to make the launch within the launch window. A new schedule will be announced later,” the Mission Control said.

ISRO had a launch window that ends on July 16 for the launch during this period. The launch of Chandrayaan 2 has suffered multiple setbacks with ISRO missing many deadlines since 2018. It was scheduled to be launched in a window between January and mid-February this year, but was put off yet again.

ISRO finally announced the current launch window and its Chairman K. Sivan had then said that the launch window was final and would be met. But that too fell apart in the early hours of July 15. 

The Mission was aborted just 20 minutes after ISRO announced the completion of filling of liquid hydrogen in the cryogenic stage of the GSLV-Mk-III.

The Mission was to be a test bed to demonstrate technologies required for deep Space Missions. 

The Chandrayaan 2 module, carrying an indigenous rover Pragyaan and a lander Vikram, was to have separated 16 minutes after liftoff, and touch down on the Moon 54 days later. But with the calling off of the launch on July 15, the wait to reach the Lunar South Pole just got longer.

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Mysore: The water level in Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam, built across the Cauvery near Srirangapatna and the lifeline of people of Mysuru, Mandya, Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu, is struggling to reach 100 feet and today’s level stood at 90.30 feet. It has a long way to go to reach the 100 feet mark and subsequently the maximum level of 124.80 feet. 

Last year, on July 12, the water level stood at 119.1 feet. The inflow was at the rate of 41,583 cusecs and the outflow was recorded at 3,771 cusecs. The crest gates of the Dam were opened last year on July 15 to release water to Tamil Nadu following the rapid increase in the level in the reservoir.

This year, however, the water level at the Dam has seen a gradual but slow increase since June 25 when the level was at 79.76 ft. South West Monsoon, that began only in the month of July this year pushed up the level a bit but drop in the rains in Cauvery catchment areas of Kodagu and on the upstream of the reservoir in Mandya and Mysuru districts has resulted in small inflow to the KRS Dam. In Kodagu this year there is a rainfall shortage of 54 percent when compared to the previous years.

Even the Harangi Dam at Kushalnagar in Kodagu that achieves its full capacity by now has not touched the maximum level. Villagers surrounding Harangi say that usually this time of the year, the Irrigation Department issues warning cautioning people in low-lying areas along the Harangi Dam downstream to move to safer places. But this year, such situation has not arisen so far as the rains are less and the Dam is yet to reach the maximum level of 2,859 feet. Yesterday’s level stood at 2818.35 feet with an inflow of 616 cusecs. There is an outflow of 30 cusecs.

On June 25, the inflow to the KRS Dam was 253 cusecs while today’s inflow is 3,608 cusecs. Yesterday’s inflow was 4,902 cusecs with the level standing at 89.85 feet.

On July 11, the level was recorded at 87.10 feet with an inflow of 6,698 cusecs. On July 4, the level was at 80.20 feet with an inflow of 662 cusecs. On July 1, the water level at KRS stood at 80.05 feet with an inflow of 771 cusecs.

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NHAI to replace 250-mm Medians with 0.85-meter Jersey Barriers on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway

Mysore: In order to minimise accidents on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will replace the existing raised medians with pre-cast concrete Jersey Barriers.

Many vehicles meet with accidents on this Highway as speeding drivers lose control and topple over the median and collide with vehicles moving in the  opposite direction.

Highway Engineers said the Jersey Barriers, made out of concrete, will also minimise damage to the vehicle in the event of accidental contact with vehicles moving on the opposite direction. 

The standard height of Jersey Barriers used by NHAI is about 0.85 meters in contrast to the existing medians on this Highway that are raised up to a height of 250 mm above the road, said NHAI officials.

Jersey Barriers will also provide more space on the Highway for vehicles. Meanwhile, Mysuru Lok Sabha MP Prathap Simha said that he had met the Member, Projects, NHAI, R.K. Pandey in New Delhi, requested him to erect Jersey Barriers instead of “accident-prone and outdated’’ raised medians while discussing the Bengaluru-Mysuru-Madikeri-Bantwal National Highway-275 project.

The Jersey Barriers are expected to be erected as part of the work taken up by NHAI to widen the existing four-lane Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway into a six-lane road, besides the construction of a service road on either side of the Highway. The work on widening the Highway to 10-lane one (including service roads) which began earlier this year, would be completed in 30 months.

Modern Jersey barriers – These barriers will prevent speeding vehicles from jumping over to the other side of the highway in case of an accident.

Prathap Simha has also urged the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to direct the NHAI to take up the development of Madikeri to Mysuru section of National Highway-275 (Mysuru-Madikeri Economic Corridor Expressway Project along Mysuru-Madikeri NH-275) linking Mysuru and Madikeri in Kodagu on a “high priority 1” list.

Simha told Gadkari that the NH-275 works have been taken up by NHAI, wherein the alignment has been finalised and submitted to NHAI.

The MP said that though the land acquisition process is already on and a Special Land Acquisition Office has been set up at Chamarajapuram in Mysuru, works on the Highway has not yet started. The 115 km-long Expressway costs Rs.6,000 crore and is a fully Centrally-funded Project including land acquisition. 

The 14-metre wide Expressway will connect Madikeri with Bengaluru bypassing Suntikoppa, Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe, Koppa, Kampalapura, Periyapatna, Kallbetta, Gonikoppal Deviation Road, Hunsur and Mysuru. The Expressway will touch the Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway at Paschimavahini near Srirangapatna.

Pointing out that the traffic density on the Highway varies from 10,944 PCUs (Passenger Car Units) at Madikeri to 41,896 PCUs at Mysuru, Simha urged Gadkari to consider the project on high priority list and avert traffic congestion and ensure road safety.

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Bengaluru: Senior RSS leader B.L. Santosh, who is known for his organizational skills, has been appointed as BJP National General Secretary with immediate effect.

Santosh who played a keyrole in the success of BJP candidates in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls, has been elevated to the past as a reward for his outstanding organisational skills, it is learnt.

BJP National President Amit Shah made the announcement yesterday. 

B.L. Santosh has been named in place of Ram Lal, also a senior RSS leader, who is now poised to go back to the RSS.

Many top leaders from the State had eyed this powerful post and Santosh succeeded with the BJP top brass being very much convinced with his organisational skills.

Santosh’s appointment as BJP National General Secretary, will give a boost to the party in southern States, where the party does not have a strong base.

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Mysuru:  Literature Festivals are not only about authors presenting their views and ideas but it is also about engaging the audience in a lively interaction. This was very much in evidence as the two-day third edition of the Mysuru Literature Festival organised by Mysuru Literary Forum and Charitable Trust and Mysuru Book Clubs (2015)  came to a close with the curious children asking interesting questions at the concluding event at Hotel Southern Star here yesterday. 

The erudite, committed wildlife conservationist, Founder of the Madras Snake Park and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Romulus Earl Whitaker, who speaks a smattering of Kannada, Tamil and Hindi, as he finished his presentation titled “The World of Crocodiles,” the eager children aged between 4 and 15, started raining him with questions even as he fielded them with aplomb.

To a question from a child “Where did you go when you found the snake?” Whitaker said that he was just four-years-old when he caught a snake called milk snake in New York, took it home and showed it to his mother thinking it was the biggest worm, who instead of shooing it away told him how wonderful it looked. His love for snakes began from then and increased when he came to India.

To another question what do snakes eat, he said they can eat even big deer, while he was a bit stumped when a child asked him how to create awareness about snakes apart from showing videos and speaking about it.

New Crocodile Park

Whitaker, in reply to a question on how he was managing to keep the crocodiles in his park when there was so much of water problem in Chennai, said that though he personally did not face any problem because he had chosen the right place, still he was willing to donate 1,000 crocodiles to anyone interested in starting a new crocodile park anywhere in the country. 

On the Ganga River, he caustically remarked that though it is considered a holy river, it was one of the filthiest, while the unholy Chambal River is one of the cleanest from which the water can be drunk directly.

Earlier, in the session on “Marriages of the Wild — Conservation and Cohabitation,” Whitaker who participated along with other authors Janaki Lenin (his wife), Sunita Dairyam, Harini Nagendra, Seema Mundoli, moderated by Priya Davidar reminisced about how when he set up the Snake Park, students from IIT Madras, dropped out of their courses and joined him and went on to become great conservationists.

Before this session Prof. Chandan Gowda of Azim Premji University discussed about the relevance of  the book written by M.K. Gandhi in Gujarati titled ‘Hind Swaraj’ in 1909 while he was travelling in a ship from South Africa to London and his thoughts on India’s Home Rule. Senior Journalist N. Niranjan Nikam moderated this session.  

A session on “Literary Panel: Figments of Imagination” in which authors Mark Abbot, Sita Bhaskar, Sujata Rajpal, Dr. V. Srinivas participated talked about how they came to writing books and this session was moderated by another author  Lakshmi Palecanda.
Another children’s session called “Finding Clues of the past: Digging Deep” in which author Devika Cariappa shared her insights about the book with children had fun interacting with her.

On July 13, the first day of the festival, after the sessions ended there was presentation of ‘A Little Night Music’ presented by The Mysuru Literary Forum Charitable Trust and the South Asian Symphony Foundation at the Wind Chimes. The presenters were Dushyanthi Perera on the Cello and Soundarie David Rodrigo on the Piano (both from Sri Lanka) and Alaric Diniz on the Clarinet from India. 

The two-day festival saw a packed audience in almost all sessions and the credit should go to the organisers and the young student volunteers for pulling off a successful Lit Fest.

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Hunsur:  Students must dream about achieving great heights in their fields of interests without worrying much about the available resources and family background and they must ask interesting questions to the teachers in the class, said Bhaskar Kalale, CII Mysuru Chairman and President, India Operation of Theorem.

He was speaking at the academic interaction for high school students organised by Brilliance Education Trust at Brilliance School, Hunsur, and advised the students to overcome many barriers which they may be facing in their student life like non-availability of good books, money, parents’ affordability etc. 

Instead, he asked the students to concentrate on their academic performances and run behind their true aspirations with dedicated mindset. 

On the occasion, he inaugurated a computer lab and newly-constructed rest room which has been sponsored by Theorem, Mysuru.

Mahajana PG Centre Director Dr. C.K. Renukarya recollected the importance of education in mother-tongue. Stating that our natural feelings like love, emotion, pain and dreams come in our native or mother-tongue, he asked students to read a lot about Kannada literature and  have good language hold on English and other languages too. 

He stressed that students must read newspapers daily to update their general knowledge and told the teachers to encourage students to ask many questions, to let them cultivate the habit of curiosity, visiting libraries and reading books.

Krishi Constructions Managing Director Rohith asked the students to have connectivity with the practical world and also advised the students to develop independent, ethical and dedicated personality to become entrepreneurs and generate jobs for the nation. He asked the students to be strong in their basics of the subjects.

Brilliance Education Trust President Parameshwaraiah, in his concluding remarks, spoke on the activities undertaken in the school for the overall development of the students personality, according to a press release from C.S. Veena of Brilliance School.

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