Belagavi Ashwathama Temple unique Holi celebrations

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The temple, that houses the idol of the cursed mythical warrior, and is located in a narrow Pangul galli off Ganpat galli in the heart of the city, is believed to be the second in India. Devotees perform ‘lotangan’ (urulu seve) to pay their respects to the epic character of the ‘Mahabharata’ on the occasion. 

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In Pangul galli, a large number devotees performed “Lotangan puja” (“urulu seve”) at Ashwathama temple. It is believed that people do the Lotangan after their wish has been granted by the lord. The temple in the narrow street of Pangul Galli houses the idol of the cursed mythical warrior. A large number of devotees made a beeline to perform the lotangan, even as onlookers kept splashing ‘gulal’ on them.

People pay obeisances to Ashwathama, the mythical warrior

A special pooja is also performed and the temple committee distributed prasad. However, not many visit this shrine during rest of the year thanks to the curse attached to Ashwathama, who was believed to have killed the sons of the Pandavas. It is believed that seeing the idol brings bad luck.

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