Temple Town Udupi All Set for Paryaya Festival - The New Indian Express

Temple Town Udupi All Set for Paryaya Festival

Published: 17th January 2014 10:34 AM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:34 AM

The temple town of Udupi is all decked up to celebrate the bi-annual Paryaya festival. The event is marked by Kaniyoor Math pontiff Vidyavallabha Theertha ascending the Paryaya Sarvajna Peetha, symbolising taking over of administration and puja rights of the Srikrishna Temple, on Saturday.

In a first this year, the seer will be carried in a palanquin borne on a jeep, putting an end to the tradition of ‘Adda Pallaki,’ where local fisherfolk carry the palanquin.

Buildings of the municipality, banks, hotels and other establishments are illuminated.

Welcome arches wishing the Kaniyoor Math pontiff have been installed at all key junctions. Night-long cultural programmes, including orchestra and dance performances, Yakshagana and musical concerts, have been organised at Car Street, Diana Circle, Jodukatte and Kinnimulki.

Lakhs of people can enjoy the fun fair starting Friday evening. Foreigners from Germany, Austria and France have also arrived to witness the festival lasting an entire night.

The festival begins with Kaniyoor Math pontiff Vidyavallabha Theertha taking a sacred dip in Danda Theertha, a sacred lake near Kaup, at 2.15 am on Saturday. He will then proceed to Jodukatte at 2.30 am, where he will perform poojas to his ‘pattada devaru’- Yogaroodha Narasimha.

He will then be escorted to Udupi seated in the palanquin, along with other seers of the Ashta mutts in a grand procession starting at 3 am.

Seers will be carried in palanquins mounted on open jeeps. As many as 17 live tableaux, depicting the religious history of Ashta Maths and characters from epics, will make for a spectacular procession. Bhajan groups, Nasik Band and Subhadhra --- the elephant of Krishna Temple --- will add colour to the procession.

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