Udupi, Jan 15, 2015: Pomp and gaiety marked the Three Chariot Festival or the Trirathotsava on the Car Street here on Wednesday. A large number of devotees participated in the festival.
The exponent of Dwaita philosophy, Sri Madhwacharya, installed the idol of Lord Sri Krishna at the temple in Udupi on a Makara Sankranti about 850 years ago.
It is to celebrate this installation that the Saptotsava is held.
The Three Chariot Festival on Wednesday and the Churnotsava on Thursday are part of the Saptotsava.
The utsava murtis (idols taken out during procession) of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana (Hanuman) were brought in a golden palanquin to the Madhwa Sarovara pond on the premises of Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple at 7.10 p.m.
These idols were then shifted to a decorated boat, which went around a mantapa in the pond thrice amid chanting of mantras during the Teppotsava.
Then, the idol of Lord Krishna was taken from the pond and placed on the biggest chariot called Brahmaratha in front of the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple. The idol of Lord Mukhyaprana was placed in the chariot called Garuda Ratha.
Then the utsava murtis of Lord Ananteshwara and Lord Chandramouleshwara were placed in the chariot called the Mahapuja Ratha. These chariots were then pulled by the devotees around the Car Street.
The Brahmaratha got stuck for a few minutes while negotiating a turn near the Kaniyur Mutt and was then pushed by an elephant, Subhadra.
The Three Chariot Festival was held under the guidance of Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Kaniyur Mutt.
The Churnotsava or Suvarnotsava marking the culmination of the Saptotsava would be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Maha Anna Santharpane or mass feeding would also be held at the temple the same day.
Courtesy: The hindu