So my journey to Udupi started on the 17th of January, 2018. A trip is a sure shot source of rejuvenation but what do you think happens when it begins by boarding a red eye flight with half an hour of sleep? (crusty snappy mood?) Well, the red eye flight I did most certainly board but snappy I did not get (luckily!).
Most writers commence their travelogues by stating their purpose of visit and my purpose was to witness the wondrous event known as PARYAYA that is held at Udupi biennially.
What is the Paryaya?
Paryaya is a religious Hindu event which takes place every alternate year in Sri Krishna Matha (Krishna Temple) of Udupi. The puja and administration of Krishna Matha is distributed among the Swamijis (seer or monk or pontiff) of Ashta Matha‘s established by Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhvacharya. Each swamiji of every matha gets a chance to perform puja to Udupi Sri Krishna by rotation for a period of two years. It is a very sacred event for the Madhwa people.
During paryaya, the puja and administration of Krishna Matha is handed over from Swamiji of one of Ashta Matha to the Swamiji of another Ashta Matha. It takes place every two years in even-numbered years. This year the puja and administration was handed from Pejawara Mutt’s chief pontiff SRI VISHWESHA TIRTHA SWAMI to Palimaru mutt’s chief pontiff SRI VIDYADHEESHA TIRTHA SWAMI.
The highlight of this Paryaya is Akhanda Bhajana which means non-stop 24*7 Bhajans will be sang in the Sri Krishna Mutt.
There are many beautiful events that are conducted during the Paryaya, pictures of which will be shared in the next post. Until then stay tuned. Thanks for reading!
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