Temple town gears up for Paryaya

Temple town gears up for Paryaya

Temple town gears up for Paryaya

The Kanaka Gopura has been painted to welcome the new Paryaya seer.

The temple town is gearing up to witness the magnificent gala and most significant event of biennial Paryaya festival on January 18, where the 46-year-old Shiroor mutt pontiff Sri Lakshmivaratheertha Sripada will ascend the sacred ‘Paryaya Sarvajna Peeta’ and take over the charges to run the temple administration and Sri Krishna pooja for the next two years.

All roads leading to the main Car Street are getting a facelift. The movement of vehicles on Car Street have been banned, thus paving way for free movement of the pedestrians.
The entire Car Street is seen glittering with illumination and the 500-year-old Shiroor Mutt situated in Car Street has been given a new look with renovation without altering the ancient architectural beauty. The mutt is known for wooden carvings and exceptional 1,024 types of lotus carvings on the ceiling inside the mutt. The entire mutt has been illuminated giving a grandeur look. Buntings, banners and welcome arches have been erected on the main Paryaya procession route from traditional entrance point of Jodukatte to Car Street covering a distance of about two kilometres.

The entire ambience surrounding the temple town is wearing a festive look. The two main ‘Gopurams’ of Sri Krishna mutt shrine have been re-painted and illuminated and the entire Car Street is glittering with lightings. Procession of Hore Kanike, offering of food grains, rice and vegetables to the incoming Shiroor mutt from the devotees and various organisations from surrounding areas of Udupi and neighboring Dakshina Kannada district, Thirthahalli and Mumbai have added colours to the celebrations.

Paryaya procession

The Paryaya procession will begin at around 5 am at Jodukatte and culminates at Rajanagana at 7.30 am on January 18 followed by Paryaya Darbar at 8.50 am. Sri Krishna Vittala Anugraha award ceremony is organised on the same day at 5.30 pm.


Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and smooth conduct of the Paryaya Mahotasava in view of the large number of devotees visiting Udupi. Hi-tech security arrangements have been made with installation of 32 CCTV cameras around and outside the main Car Street.

Speaking to the media persons here on Saturday, SP Prawin Pawar informed that 1,087 police personnel comprising SP, 5 DySPs, 13 Inspectors, 36 PSIs, 80 ASIs, 952 Head Constables and Constables have been deployed for the purpose. As many as 220 traffic barricades have been put up and special traffic staffs have been recruited. Traffic route has been diverted, he said.

As a precautionary measure, four platoons of KSRP, 2 platoons of ANF and 5 platoons of DAR, a bomb detection squad, four anti-sabotage check teams are expected to have thorough checks in the key areas of the city. Sky entries have been set up. Four temporary police check-posts have been created outside Udupi city to keep a vigil on the visitors’ vehicles as well as to function as information centre. Checking is also being carried out by the police at lodges, bus stand and railway station as a precautionary measure, Pawar added.