Udupi, Sep 05, 2015: This temple town is all geared up for Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Sri Krishna Leelotsava (popularly known as Vittal Pindi) celebrations in the temple town of Udupi on September 5 Saturday and 5 Sunday.
The Udupi Sri Krishna Math/Temple will be the centre of attraction during these festivals. The exponent of Dwaita philosophy Sri Madhwacharya installed the idol of Lord Krishna at the temple about 800 years ago.
The temples are specially decorated with flowers for these festivals. One of the major attractions on Sept 5, Saturday would be the ‘Muddu Krishna’ competition, where children will dress like Lord Balakrishna at the Rajangana, Madhwa Mantapa and Kanaka Mantapa from 10 a.m.
Over 1.7 lakh laddoos and 1.25 lakh chakkulis have been prepared at the temple to be distributed to the devotees. Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Kaniyur Math will participate in the important ritual of ‘Arghya pradhana’ at 12.14 a.m. (moon rise).
Vittal Pindi : The chief attraction at the Vittal Pindi festival will be the carrying of the clay idol of Lord Krishna in the golden chariot on Car Street at 3 p.m. As many as 15 wooden gopuras have been set up at different places on Car Street. Earthen pots containing milk and milk products will be hung from these wooden gopuras.
Then people dressed in folk costumes will try to break these pots with sticks. This is known as mosaru kudike. As pots are broken at each one of these gopuras, the golden chariot proceeds further. The event becomes colourful with Huli vesha dancers doing their vigorous dance.
After the golden chariot goes round the Car Street and reaches the Sri Krishna Math/Temple, the clay idol will be immersed in the Madhwa Sarovara. A Huli vesha competition and a folk teams competition will be held at the Rajangana at 5 p.m. People from many parts of the region throng to witness this grand festival here in the famous historic temple town Udupi.