The temple town of Udupi will witness the pontiff of Shiroor Mutt, Shri Lakshmivara Tirtha Shripada, ascending the sacred Paryaya Sarvajna Peeta to take the reins of the temple." />
Udupi, Jan 18: The temple town of Udupi will witness the pontiff of Shiroor Mutt, Shri Lakshmivara Tirtha Shripada, aged 46, ascending the sacred Paryaya Sarvajna Peeta today to take the reins of the temple administration for the following two years.
The roads to Car Street are being repaired. Private vehicles have been banned from Car Street, enabling pedestrians to move freely. The entire street is adorned with bright lights. Shiroor Mutt, which is 5 centuries old, has been recently renovated without damaging its architectural beauty and value. Welcome arches, buntings, and banners have been raised along the route from Jodukatte to Car Street that will be taken by the Paryaya procession, a distance of 2 kilometers.
The two chief Gopurams of the Shri Krishna Temple have been freshly painted and illuminated. The festive mood has been greatly enhanced by a number of Hore Kanike processions from individuals and organizations from Udupi and its surrounding areas.
The Paryaya procession will commenced at 5 a.m. at Jodukatte and will end at Rajangana at 7:30 a.m. today. The Paryaya Darbar will commence at 8:50 a.m. The Shri Krishna Vittala Anugraha Award Ceremony will be organized at 5:30 p.m.
Security arrangements have been made in order to maintain law and order during the entire course of the Paryaya. A large number of devotees are expected to flock to Udupi. Security agencies have installed 32 CCTV cameras all over Car Street.
SP Prawin Pawar informed media people that 1,087 police personnel will be protecting the area on the big day. Around 220 traffic blocks have been set up, and special traffic police have been deployed to the area. The regular traffic will be diverted, he said.
Thorough checks will be conducted in major areas of Udupi by 4 platoons of KSRP, 5 platoons of DAR, a bomb detection squad, 2 platoons of ANF, and 4 anti-sabotage check teams. Four temporary police check posts have been established outside Udupi to keep an eye on visitors’ vehicles as well as to disseminate vital information. Police will organize random checking at lodges, bus stands, as well as railway stations.