Udupi gearing up for Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Vittal Pindi

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Udupi gearing up for Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Vittal Pindi

Pics by Prasanna Kodavoor

Udupi: The world famous Sri Krishna Temple is all set to celebrate Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Vittal Pindi which will be held from September 13 to 14.

Janmashtami for locals is incomplete without Mosaru Kudike and Hulivesha. Mosaru Kudike is a festival similar to ‘Dahi Handi’ celebrated in Maharashtra and other parts of North India.

It is celebrated as Nada Habba all over the city and the temple town is gearing up for the celebrations. Normally, the devotees prepare ‘Kotte Kadubu’ for Krishna Ashtami. Women were seen selling ‘Kottige’ near Car Street and people are seen purchasing ‘petla’ which is used during Vittal Pindi.

“Mosaru Kudike” is also celebrated on the day of Vittal Pindi, where clay pots comprising of saffron water is suspended at a height is broken with wooden poles by folks dressed as shepherds.

The entire car street has been decked with buntings. Specially decorated poles have been erected around the main Rathabeedhi (Car Street) – the venue for the ‘Sri Krishna Leelotsava,’ popularly known as Vittal Pindi and Mosarukudike to be held on Friday – has added colour to the celebrations.

The Paryaya Pejawar Math is ready for Krishna Ashtami celebrations in Udupi. On the Janmashtami Day, Paryaya Pejawar Math Sri Vishwesha Thirtha Swamiji will hold offerings (Puja). After the Maha Puja, the Swamiji will offer Naivedya (Prasadam/Ladoos), and devotees will join in preparing the ‘ladoos’. In the night, after the Puja around midnight (12:34 a.m.) Sri Krishna will be offered Arghya Pradhana.

The important ritual of “Arghya Pradhana” to Lord Krishna will be held at the temple at 12:34 am on September 13. The Sri Krishna Leelotsava festival, popularly known as Vittal Pindi, will be celebrated on September 14.

Arghya means the offering of milk and water to the specially-made clay idol of Lord Sri Krishna at the sanctum of the temple which will be held at midnight and will be the main event, followed by Sri Krishna Leelotsav on the next day, which is locally known as Vittal Pindi. The colourful procession of the presiding deity will be held in the afternoon along with several fancy, folk and cultural troupes with tiger dances marking the day.

The Pejawar Math prepares 1.25 lakh ‘chakkulis’ and 2 lakh ‘ladoos’ to be distributed to the devotees during Vittal Pindi scheduled to be held on Thursday. As many as 6 varieties of ladoos are being prepared.

100 – 150 staff at the Math have started preparing the chakkulis and ladoos. After fasting from morning to midnight on 13 and 14 September, chakkullis and ladoos will be offered to Sri Krishna and then will be served to people on 14 September on the eve of Vittal Pindi. Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji will offer the Arghya followed by special Pujas. Children studying in schools will also be provided with ladoos and chakkulis.

The police have beefed up security in and around Car Street for the Vittal Pindi. The special police force has been deployed for security purpose.

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