Udupi, Sep 16, 2014: A festive atmosphere prevails at the Krishna Mutt and car street and the surrounding areas in the city for the grand celebrations of Krishna Jayanti on September 16 and 17.
The entire city, especially the car street, have been decorated with flowers. Poles have been specially erected on the car street for the ‘Krishna Leelotsava’ event, popularly known as ‘Vittlapindi’ or ‘mosaru kudike habba’. Lord Krishna will be decorated with a diamond armour on the occasion.
The ‘Sri Krishna Arghyapradhana’ will be held at 12.36 am on September 17 and Vittlapindi in the afternoon.
A colourful procession of the presiding deity will be taken out on Wednesday, in which several fancy, folk and cultural troupes will participate. The Krishna Mutt is celebrating the festival during ‘Bhadrapada’ month as per the tradition of ‘Sauramana’ calendar followed by the Mutt.
The festival was also celebrated in August during ‘Shravana masa’ as per ‘Chandramana’ calendar. While the festival celebrated during ‘Shravana Masa’ is called ‘Krishnashtami,’ that celebrated (on a much grander scale) as per the ‘Sauramana’ calendar is called ‘Krishna Jayanti’.
A group of people with bare chests painted green and dressed as shepherds break pots hanging from specially erected poles with huge bamboo sticks on September 17. The ritual is held during the procession. The special attraction of the day is the ‘mosaru kudike’ celebration. The ‘Krishna Alare’ team from Mumbai, comprising men and women, will take part in the celebration. It will be held on car street and at various junctions in the city. The tiger dance competition and folk dance programmes are also part of ‘Krishna Leelotsava’ in the afternoon on September 17.
A two-day State level photography contest ‘Tamron colours of Sri Krishna’ will be held on September 16 and 17.
The other programmes include ‘Krishnarpanam,’ a dance ballet, flute and violin recitals, humour programme, devotional music and playing of percussion instruments.