Udupi, Jan 17, 2016: All roads lead to the stage set for the grand biennial Paryaya festival here on Jan 18, Monday. Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt will be ascending the Paryaya Peetha at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple for the fifth time, which is a record ever since the biennial Paryaya system began in 1522.
The Paryaya festival, which marks the transfer of power of management and worship of Lord Krishna at the 800-year-old Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple from one seer to another seer of the Ashta Mutts or eight mutts of Udupi biennially, is an eagerly awaited event here.
In preparation, the temple town is awash with big banners and flex board cut-outs carrying the photographs of Sri Vishwesha Tirtha and junior seer Vishwaprasanna Tirtha. Most of the buildings in the city are illuminated during the night.
The Paryaya procession will begin at 2.30 a.m. on Monday. As many as 11 tableaux and 60 cultural and folk teams from Karnataka and other States will participate in it. The main Paryaya Durbar function will begin at the Ananda Tirtha Mantapa at 6.20 a.m. L.K. Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister, would be among the eminent persons participating in both the Paryaya procession and the durbar.
Weeklong cultural programmes will begin in the evening at the same venue.
Paryaya aims at max cleanliness
It is reported that at least 25 mobile toilets and 60 mobile urinals have been installed at locations close to the Paryaya festival venues. Provision for drinking water too has been made.
Besides, the CMC has cleaned important roads such as Kinnimulki- Kavi Muddana Road- Bannaje Road, Jodu Katte to Brahmagiri Junction, Brahmagiri- IB- Bannaje Road, Karavali Junction- Kalsank Circle- Railway Station Road and Kalsank to Ambagilu Road, said an official press release here on Saturday.
All roads at the Car Street and around Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple too have been cleaned. Bleaching powder and phenyl too have been sprinkled where necessary.
The CMC has made arrangements for additional vehicles to carry all garbage generated during the festival.
The CMC has floated tenders of Rs. 25 lakh for the above works and got them implemented, the release added.
In a press note, the police said the procession would begin at 2.30 a.m. on January 18.
NB: The police have urged all people participating in the Paryaya procession, Paryaya Durbar function and cultural programmes related to Paryaya, not to carry any bags, shoulder bags or luggage with them on January 17 and 18, for security reasons.