Udupi: Laksha Deepotsava, marking the beginning of daily Utsavs at the Sri krishna Temple after the rainy season, was held here on the evening of November 23 with pomp and gaiety.
Lighting of oil lamps on Car Street gave it a beautiful look. A large number of devotees participated in the festivities. Daily utsavs to lord Krishna were held at the Sri krishna Temple. After the rainy season, lord Krishna is offered Tulasi Archane, from the day of Deepavali.
After offering the Tulasi Archane for 11 days, on the 12th day, Uthana Dwadashi, is observed as Laksha Deepothsava. To mark the occasion, ‘Ksheerabdhi’ (offering of milk to lord Krishna in front of the Tulasi Katte) is performed.
In the evening, after prayers, the idols (“utsava murthis”) of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana (Lord Anjaneya) were brought in a palanquin from Sri Krishna Temple and placed on a decorated boat.
The boat was taken around the “mantapa” at the “Madhwa Sarovar”. This is known as “Teppotsava”. Then, the idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana were kept in the “Garuda Rath, while the idols of Lord Ananteshwara and Lord Chandramoulishwara were placed in “Mahapuja Rath” and taken around the Car Street.
Earlier, the Swamiji of Paryaya Kaniyoor Math Shree Vidyavallabha Theertha accompanied by Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha swamiji of Krishnapur Math lighted the lamps to Lord Krishna to mark ‘Deepa Prajwalana’. Devotees too lighted thousands of lamps around the Car Street to make illuminated installations