Udupi, Sep 18, 2014: Hordes of devotees thronged for the grand finale of the two-day Sri Krishna Jayanti celebrations in Udupi. Mosaru Kudike Habba or Vitlapindi celebrations marked the occasion with gaiety.
The celebrations unraveled the spiritual and cultural extravaganza in and around the Car Street. The presiding deity Lord Krishna was specially decorated with ‘Vajrakavacha Alankar’ (Diamond armour) on the occasion. The clay idol of Krishna was taken out in a magnificent procession around the Car Street in the golden chariot.
Paryaya Kaniyur mutt seer Vidyavallabhatheertha Swamiji offered ‘Mahamangalarathi’ to the clay idol of the presiding deity in the chariot. The seers of Shiroor mutt and Krishnapura mutt also offered ‘Mahamangalarathi’ to the Lord. The ritual was followed by throwing of coconuts, fruits at the devotees. Eatables like laddoos and chakkulis were given to the devotees as ‘Prasadam’. Several folk and fancy troupes, including tiger dance troupes added colour to the procession.
‘Dahi Handi’ team : The ‘Dahi Handi’ team from Mumbai, comprising 200 men and 150 women staged a mesmerising performance here. Their creation of human pyramid to break milk and coloured water pots was indeed a breathtaking performance. Performance by “Huli Vesha” artistes was yet another attraction of the procession.
Sri Krishna Leelotsava or Vitlapindi, is the occasion to mark the breaking of milk and saffron water pots. This signifies the childhood plays of Lord Sri Krishna. Around 12 to 15 pots filled with curds, milk, saffron colour water were tied on the poles erected for the purpose. This was broken by the men dressed as shepherds using a huge bamboo sticks. The ritual was held in front of the clay idol of the Lord during the procession. Every time, the earthen pots were broken, there was a loud cheer among the people gathered around. Immersion
After the procession, the clay idol was immersed in the main temple tank ‘Madhwa Sarovar’, adjacent to the temple. The seers and the devotees also took holy dip in the tank on the occasion.
Prior to the main event, bhajan programmes, spiritual discourses and other cultural programmes were also organised. The devotees were offered mass feeding on the occasion. Elaborate security arrangements were made by the police for the smooth conduct of the celebrations.
In the morning, the Paryaya Kaniyur mutt seer offered ‘Silver Kavach’ to the idol of Kanakadasa before Sri Krishna temple. The seer also donated Rs one lakh to the relief fund of Jammu and Kashmir flood victims through Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake.