Udupi Celebrates Janmashtami with Traditional Pomp and Gaiety
Udupi: Krishna Janmashtami festival was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety here on Wednesday, September 13 midnight.
The temple was decorated with different types of flowers right from the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum. Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Paryaya Pejawar Math participated in the rituals connected with Janmashtami at the temple. He was assisted by Vishwa Prasanna Tirtha, junior Swamiji of Pejawar Math, who also decorated the idol of Lord Krishna depicting the “Krishnavatara” in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
Devotees were seen standing in a long queue since early morning at the temple to have the Darshan of the presiding deity Lord Sri Krishna. Inside the temple, the deity, installed by Madhwa philosopher and great saint Sri Madhwacharya over 800 years ago, was specially decorated in the form of ‘Bala Krishna’ with a diamond crown and seated on the golden cradle.
As part of the celebrations, rituals like ‘Laksha Tulsi Archana’ and ‘Mahapuja’ was offered to the Lord by Paryaya Pejawar Swamiji. Paryaya Pejawar Math Swamijis, both – senior Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji and junior Vishwa Prasanna Theertha Swamiji – performed the ritual of ‘Arghyapradan’ at 12.34.
A large number of devotees, from the cowherd community, from in and around Udupi district offered ‘Arghyapradan’ in the Sanctorum of the temple. A special Puja was performed at the temple at midnight after fasting in the day by the Swamijis and devotees.
As a part of Krishna Janmashtami, the Kidiyoor Uday Kumar Shetty Family trust organised a Human Pyramid Alare Govinda Mosaru Kudike programme in various parts of the city.