KARNATAKA

Udupi math plans Kanaka study centre

UDUPI, OCT. 11. Lakshmivara Tirtha Swamiji of Shiroor Math has said that the math will set up a `Kanaka Adhyayana Peetha' (Kanaka study centre) here at a cost of Rs. 25 lakhs to promote research on the works of Kanakadasa.

The swamiji told presspersons here today that seven swamijis of the Astha Maths, who attended a high-level meeting on Sunday, had agreed to the proposal. The Shiroor Math would give land at Kundelkadu on the Udupi-Manipal road for the centre. The institution would be either called "Kanaka Adhyayana Peetha" or "Kanaka Math."

Committee

The administration of the centre would be under a committee headed by the Shiroor Math and would include representatives from the Kuruba community.

The swamiji said that while a lot was known about Purandaradasa and other saints, not much was known about Kanakadasa. For the last 400 years, there was only the `Kanakana Kindi' in Udupi. Then a `gudi' (small temple) was built for Kanakadasa near Sri Krishna temple. Later, Malpe Madhwaraj, husband of the former Minister and MP, Manorama Madhwaraj, gave an idol of Kanakadasa to be installed in the `gudi.' Since the idol was brought through a particular street near Car Street here, it was given the name of `Kanakadasa Road.'

Pujas to Kanakadasa were conducted in this `gudi' every day. It was during the time of the fourth Paryaya (2000-02) of Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math that a `Kanaka Mantapa' was built within the Sri Krishna temple premises.

Offering

The swamiji said he would offer a silver `kavacha' to the Kanakadasa idol at the `gudi.' Nearly 10 kg of silver would be required for making the `kavacha' which would cost Rs. 1.5 lakhs. The swamiji said he was in possession of a bell and a conch that belonged to Kanakadasa and they would be kept at the study centre. The seer said if people wished to make donations for the construction of the study centre they were welcome. The foundation stone for the study centre would be laid after consultation with representatives of the Kuruba community. Its leaders wanted the foundation stone to be laid either by the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister.

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