Melkote gears up for 'Vairamudi Utsav'

Tradition

 Vairamudi being brought from the district treasury. DH PHOTO

Several puja rituals will be performed for the presiding deity Sri Chaluvanarayanaswamy, which attracts scores of devotees from not only from the State but also from across the country. Preparations are on in full swing for the event.

The centre is all geared up to attract tourists in large numbers with its folk and cultural programmes to be held as part of the festival.

Melkote is considered to be one of the most sacred pilgrim centres for the Vaishnavas. The other three are Tirumala temple, Srirangam and Kancheepuram. Hence, the Vairamudi festival, where the deity is decorated with the priceless diamond-studded crown is the much sought after for the devotees.

When taken a peek into the mythology, it can be noticed that this festival is being celebrated on the same day when Sri Rama Pattabhisheka is said to have been done. A ten-day festival is being celebrated as part of Vairamudi utsav. The fourth day of the festival would be Vairmudi fest and Maharathotsava will be held on the seventh day. Special pujas and other religious rituals would be performed for the deity on all the 10 days.

The crown, which is studded with diamonds and other precious gems, had been donated by Mysore Maharajas. Along with the crown, there are ornaments denoting Shanku, Chakra, Gada and Padma.

The ornaments kept in the district treasury were brought to the temple amid tight police bandobust. It would be returned to the treasury after the festival was over. Apart from the popular temple there are Rayagopura, Pattana bagilu, Nayanakshetra, Bhuvaneshwari mantapa, Akka thangi Kola, Dalvoy kere, Neerina Kole and other tanks, which also attracts tourists.

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