The Kaniyur Math performed the “Akki Muhurta”, the second of the major preliminaries before the next Paryaya festival, here on Thursday.
Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swamiji of Kaniyur Math will ascend the “Paryaya Peetha” called the “Sarvajna Peetha” at the Sri Krishna Math/Temple here on January 18, 2014. It will be his second Paryaya.
Elaborate rituals marked the “Akki Muhurta”. Vidyavallabha Tirtha and representatives of the Kaniyur Math went in a procession from the Kaniyur Math at 7.45 a.m. and visited the Sri Chandramouleshwara Temple, Sri Ananteshwara Temple, and Sri Krishna Math/Temple and offered their prayers at these temples.
Later, a small decorated rice “murra” was placed in a golden palanquin and taken in a procession from the Sode Vadiraja Math. Five devotees carried five rice “murras” on their heads and participated in the procession. The procession once again went around the Car Street and culminated at the Kaniyur Math.
The decorated rice “murra” was then shifted to a silver “mantapa” in front of the shrine of the presiding deity Yoga Narasimha at the math. The other five rice “murras” were kept outside the mantapa. Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swamiji offered prayers to the rice “murra” and conducted rituals connected with the “Akki Muhurta” at 8.45 a.m. The procession and the rituals were accompanied by the rhythmic beating of traditional drums.
Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math, Vidyasagara Tirtha Swamiji of Krishnapur Math, Vishwavallabha Tirtha Swamiji of Paryaya Sode Vadiraja Math, Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swamiji of Palimar Math, and Sugunendra Tirtha Swamiji of Puttige Math, also participated in the rituals of the “Akki Muhurta”.
Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swamiji told presspersons that it had been tradition to conduct the preliminaries related to the paryaya. The preliminaries were aimed at basically storing foodgrains required for the paryaya festival and during the two-year Paryaya period during the earlier times.
It has been a tradition with Sri Krishna Math to do “Anna Dana” (providing meals to devotees) and “Jnana Dana” (encouraging spiritual studies), the seer said.