Udupi, May 10, 2017: Abisheka or a series of rituals were performed on May 8, Monday for the formal installation of the 32ft-tall monolithic statue of the 13th century saint-philosopher Madhwacharya at Kunajrugiri at Pajaka Kshetra. Although the statue was installed between the Parasurama Betta and the Durga temple on April 29, the statue was cleaned and anointed, with various pujas on May 8, Monday.
Kunajarugiri is the birth place of Madhwacharya, he spent his childhood days too here. Programmes have been organised for four days from May 7 to 10 to celebrate the installation of the statue. Cultural programmes such as rendition of Harikeerthane, too have been organised as part of the festivities.
The massive statue was cleaned with water, and the Palimaru Swamiji subsequently garlanded the structure. Vidhyadeeksha Swamiji, of the Palimaru Math, said, "A garden around the statue will be done to preserve the natural beauty of this spot soon." More than 1,000 people participated in the procession that started from Subhash Nagara and ended at Kunjrajiri.
Subendra Theertha Swamiji of the Mantralaya Raghavendra Swami Math was also present on the occasion.
The land for the statue was donated by the Admar math.