Udupi, Dec 29, 2017: Seer of Palimar mutt Vidyadheesha Tirtha preparing to ascend the Paryaya Peetha of Krishna Mutt in Udupi in January 2018, said here on Dec 28, Thursday that the roof of the sanctum sanctorum of the mutt will be covered with golden plates at an estimated cost of Rs. 32 crore during his two-year tenure. 40 gram gold per square feet is required for the same and altogether there will be a requirement of 100 kg gold for 2,500 square feet.The mutt will accept donations from people for the Suvarna Gopura project, he told media and public .
The seer would ascend the Sarvajna Peeta at the 800-year-old mutt on January 18. This would be his second paryaya. The seer was in Mangaluru as part of his pre-Paryaya tour.
He set aside some media reports that only wood would be used to cook food at the Krishna Mutt during his tenure. The present system of cooking food would continue, he said. “I do not know how these speculations spread. I am not the source of it. I have not considered any change in the way prasadam is served to people,” he said.
The seer said that it would be impossible to cook food using wood stocked in the mutt. “Wood that is stocked will be used for preparing Naivedya for Lord Krishna. Food will continue to be prepared using steam,” he said.
The seer said that he planned to do the “Laksha Tulsi Archane” on a daily basis this time. This was performed weekly during his first Paryaya (2002-04). He urged people to grow Tulasi saplings in their houses and contribute Tulasi for the puja. The mutt was also growing Tulsi on a 10-acre land at Karampalli and in Palimar for the purpose. He said that there would be dawn-to-dusk recital of devaranama by bhajan groups on a daily basis at an enclosure that would come up next to the Kanaka Gopura. The cultural programmes and discourses would be held on a regular basis. The swamiji said that the mid-day meal scheme launched during his first paryaya would be extended to more people.
The mutt has been actively involved in the field of education while midday meals are being provided to schoolchildren under ‘ Chinnara Santarpane’ programme. Six backward villages in Udupi are being adopted and medical facilities are being provided through the mutt, Sri Vidyadhisha Theertha Swami said. Savira Koti Rama Nama Lekhana Yajna (Writing Lord Rama’s name one thousand crore times) is also conducted by Palimaru mutt. The renovation of Sri Raghavendra Mutt in Kavoor, which is the branch of Palimaru mutt and the construction of a community hall are in progress, the Palimaru seer said.