Staff Correspondent

It brought the curtain down on Krishna Janmashtami festivities in Udupi

Mosaru Kudike is the focal point of the procession

Huli Vesha made the spectacle colourful

Udupi: Krishna Leelotsava, popularly known as “Vittal Pindi”, was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety here on Wednesday.

Thousands of devotees participated in the celebrations on Car Street and the Sri Krishna temple. Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swami of Kaniyur Math inaugurated the “Anna Santharpane” at Rajangana. A competition of climbing a 60-foot areca tree was organised near the Kanaka Gopura in the morning. At the top of the tree, a bag of money and food items had been placed. The tree was coated with oil to make it slippery. Sidhu from Bagalkot climbed the tree.

Procession

The Vittal Pindi procession started at 3.25 p.m. from the entrance of the Sri Krishna temple. A special ‘Utsavamurthy’ of Sri Krishna had been made with clay for the purpose. The idol was placed on a golden chariot. “Mosaru Kudike” is the focal point of Vittal Pindi. Earthen pots, filled with milk and milk products, were hung at the top of 15 wooden gopuras (towers) at intervals on Car Street. Men dressed as Yadavas vied with one another to break these pots.

It was only after all the earthen pots were broken that the procession could move.

‘Huli Vesha’

Persons in ‘Huli Vesha’ and other mythological costumes danced in front of the ratha and added splendour to the spectacle. Vidyasagara Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Krishnapur Math, Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swami of Kaniyur Math, Vishwavallabha Tirtha Swami of Sode Math, and Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Math offered ‘chakkulis’ and sweets, which the devotees tried to catch.

The procession concluded at the entrance of the temple. Then the idol of Sri Krishna was taken to Madhwa Sarovara in the temple premises for immersion. That brought the curtain down on the Vittal Pindi programme.

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