Udupi, Jan 15, 2016: The populous Christian community in and around Udupi donated foodgrains and vegetables as Horekanike for the Paryaya festival here on Jan 14,Thursday. Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt will be ascending the Paryaya Peetha at the 800-year-old Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple in Udupi for a record fifth time here on January 18.
Oscar Fernandes, MP, flagged off the Horekanike procession at Jodu Katte here. Speaking on the occasion, MP Fernandes said that every community donated foodgrains and others items as Horekanike in the run-up to the Paryaya festival. It is the deep devotion and honour of the members of the Christian community to make their offering. Yesterday, the members of the Muslim community made their donations for the Horekanike. The Paryaya festival of Udupi thus denotes harmony among various communities. This is a model for the entire country. Christians in the last 500 years have served this region and have gained a place in the mosaic of this culture.
At least 30 vehicles carried foodgrains, vegetables and other items, participated in the Horekanike procession. Members of the Catholic Sabha, Catholic Women’s Organization, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Yuva Vidyarthi Sanchalan and International Federation of Christian Associations, participated in the procession.
According to reports, William Machado, President of Udupi Diocese Catholic Sabha, Alice Rodrigues, Secretary, Melwin Aranha, Horekanike convener, Edwin D’Souza, Derick Mascarenhas, Priyanka, Smita Ranger, Alphonse D’Coasta, Water Cyril Pinto, Gerald Fernandes, Henry Fernandes and Louis Lobo, office bearers of various organisations, graced the function. The Paryaya leaders expressed admiration.