Udupi, Jan 17, 2018: The Paryaya festival, which the marks passing of the baton 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 eagerly looked forward to tomorrow, Jan 18, Thursday.
Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swami of Palimar Mutt will be ascending the Paryaya Peetha also called the Sarvajna Peetha at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple for the second time.
Vidyadheesha Tirtha will take charge from Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt, who will be completing his record fifth Paryaya, and descending from the Paryaya Peetha. No seer of the Astha Mutts has ascended the Paryaya Peetha five times ever since the biennial Paryaya system began in 1522 A.D.
The festival is celebrated with grandeur in the temple town. Banners and cutouts carrying photographs of Vidyadheesha Tirtha are adorning the main intersections of the city. The most number of banners, cutouts and welcome arches are on the Jodu Katte, Taluk Office, Court Road, Diana Circle, and Kavi Muddanna Road. These decorative banners, cutouts and arches have given the city a colourful look. Most of the buildings are illuminated at night.
The main attraction of the Paryaya festival is the colourful procession. The procession will begin at 3 a.m. from Jodu Katte on Thursday. As many as 15 tableaux and 60 cultural and folk teams will participate in the procession.
The ‘Paryaya Peetharohana’ function, where the outgoing Paryaya seer Vishwesha Tirtha hands over the ‘Akshaya Patre’ and ‘sattuga’ (vessel and ladle dating back to the times of Sri Madhwacharya) and the keys to the sanctum sanctorum to the incoming Paryaya seer – Vidyavallabha Tirtha to mark the formal transfer of authority, will take place at the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple at 6.35 a.m.
The Paryaya Durbar function will begin at the Rajangana Hall at 6.50 a.m. The ‘Maha Anna Santharpane’ will be held at noon. The rathotsava will be held at 7 p.m. An Akhand Bhajan programme will begin at 5.15 a.m. the same morning.
Parking restrictions in the city : Tight security measures will be in place in the temple town for the Paryaya festival on January 17 and 18.
A press release issued by the district police said that over 1,000 police personnel would be on duty including a Superintendent of Police, an Additional Superintendent of Police, six Deputy Superintendents of Police and 13 police inspectors. In addition, the Home Guards would be on duty too.
Besides these, four units of Karnataka State Reserve Police and five units of District Armed Reserve Police will also be pressed into service. Crime detection squads from other districts will be on duty. The entire area in and around Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple will be under CCTV surveillance. Police outposts have been opened near Sri Krishna Mutt and the Service Bus stand.
As many as six checkposts had been set up in different parts. There would be round-the-clock vigil in the city including places such as Ambagilu, MGM College, Indrali, Kukkikatte, Balaipady, Ambalpady and Bannanje.
The following changes will be implemented in traffic management from 9 a.m. on January 17 to 9 a.m. on January 18 in the city. The entry and parking of vehicles is banned in Kinnimulki, Jodukatte, Lions Circle, Court Road, Diana Junction, K.M. Road, Hanuman Circle, Sanskrit College Junction, Kanakadasa Road, Badagupete, Chittaranjan Cirlce, Mitra Hospital, Tenkapete, LVT Road, Harischandra Road to Vidyodaya School, Kalsank to Rajangana Parking Space, Katte Acharya Road and Car Street.
The parking of vehicles is also banned at Swagata Gopura, Kinnimulki, Govinda Kalyana Mantapa, Jodu Katte and Ideal Junction.
People can park at Board High School, MGM College Grounds, PPC College premises, Christian High School premises, Christian PU College Left Side, Vivekananda Government Higher Primary School, St. Cecily’s School grounds, UBMC School grounds, GTS School grounds, Government Composite High School Ajjarkad grounds, Beedinagudde Bayalu Ranga Mandira, Adiudupi Higher Primary School, Volakadu School, Royal Gardens, Ananteshwara English Medium School. People have been urged to cooperate with the police during the festival.
Release of a Special Cover: The Department of Posts and the Palimar Paryaya Reception Committee will organise the release of a Special Cover on the eve of the 80 fruitful years of monkhood of Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt at the Paravidya Mantapa on Car Street at 7.30 p.m. today, Jan 17, Wednesday.
The Special Cover will be released by Shirthady Rajendra Kumar, Postmaster General, South Karnataka Region, Bengaluru, during the felicitation.
Farmers bring ‘Mattu Gulla’:
The farmers of Mattu and surrounding hamlets donated the vegetable, Mattu Gulla, a special type of brinjal, which enjoys the Geographical Indication (GI) tag of ‘Horekanike’ here on Jan 16, Tuesday. People donate foodgrain and vegetables for the Paryaya festival. This is called Horekanike.
Legend has it that Sri Vadiraja (1480-1600) of Sode Mutt, one of the ‘Ashta Mutts’ of Udupi, gave the seeds of this special brinjal to farmers of Mattu village, about 20 km from Udupi, to cultivate. The farmers have been cultivating the Mattu Gulla since then.
The taste of Mattu Gulla is different from other gullas – such as uru gulla – grown in the district. The farmers brought the Mattu Gulla in 19 vehicles including vans and tempos from their villages to Jodu Katte here.
This was then carried in a procession from Jodu Katte to the Ugrana at the Rajangana Parking Space.
Matti Laxminarayana Rao, General Secretary, Paryaya Reception Committee, told The Hindu that nearly four tonnes of Mattu Gulla had been received. “The vegetable will be used for cooking meals for the Paryaya festival,” he said.
Laxman Mattu, farmer, said that it had been a tradition for the farmers of Mattu to donate Mattu Gulla for the Paryaya festival. “Even otherwise, the farmers donate their first crop of Mattu Gulla to the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple as it was Sri Vadiraja, who had given seeds of Mattu Gulla to the farmers 500 years ago. This tradition has been there for the last 500 years,” he said.
Besides this, nearly 5,000 kg of rice had been donated by the Sri Vishnumurthy Temple from Mattu for the Paryaya festival along with the Mattu Gulla