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Udupi Celebrates Pejavara Paryaya Utsava Amidst Sea of Devotees

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Paryaya as you all know by now, is a grand celebration associated with Shri Krishna Temple of handing over the administration rights from seer to another seer of Udupi Ashtha Matha.

During Paryaya , the temple town Udupi gets transformed into sparkling fairy tale place. The beauty of this unique celebration can be witnessed every alternate year.

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2016 Paryaya Utsava was planned to perfection, thanks to the efforts of organizers and volunteers.
Over hundred events related to Paryaya took place as planned.

A visual treat of photographs that shows beautiful glimpses of eve/night of Paryaya Utsava is here.

Cultural Programs

Temporary stages were set up across the town for artists to perform and entertainment the devotees who wait overnight to witness the procession escorting the seers.

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Veena Vaadana at Poornprajna Mantapa

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 Classical Music Concert at Nanda Gokula Mantapa

Moments of final preparations for the procession

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Jodu Katte

Jodu Katte is a prime junction in Udupi where all the proceeding of the procession begins. The presiding deity of Pejawar Mutt, Sri Rama Vittal, is worshipped by the seer here and then the procession begins escorting the seers.

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 Jodu Katte, Udupi

The procession route from Jodukatte to Carstreet is jam packed with devotees who gather and wait overnight to witness this grand occasion.

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 Udupi Paryaya Procession Route

The path way is illuminated with colourful lights and every vantage point is thronged with people.

The grand Procession of Pejawara Paryaya 2016

This procession is a grand feast and an amazing sight to witness considering the fact that it is held in the darkness of early morning hours.

A group of young boys and girls decorated the procession route with huge colourful rangoli designs.

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Traditional troops from Goa, Pune, Mumbai, Kerala, Mysore, Punjab, took part by performing along the procession path way.

To add to the noise and excitement, groups of local chande team, drummers, musicians march across the crowd.

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Mysore Nagaari

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 Shanka Daasaru (Conch Blowers)

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 Kombu Vaadya

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Pili Vesha/Huli Vesha/Tiger Dance - Udupi festivals

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Veerabhadra and Pooja Dance

Dollu Kunitha (Dancing with the drum)

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Bhagava Dhvaja (Saffron Flag)

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Tableaux highlighting various Hindu mythological stories accompanied the procession.

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Madhwacharya, the founder of Dwaita philosophy with idol of Shri Krishna

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Vadiraja Theertharu

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Lakshmi Narayana

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This marks the grand beginning of Pejawara Seer taking over the worship right of Lord Shri Krishna and the administration at the temple.

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Typical pallenquin carrying Swami of Ashtha Matha, Udupi

1. Swami of Pejawara Matha (Senior)
2. Swami of Pejawara Matha (Junior)
3. Swami of Krishnapura Matha
4. Swami of Sode Vadiraja Matha
5. Swami of Palimaru Matha
6. Swami of Adamar Matha
7. Swami of Shiroor Matha

The next Paryaya Utsava is scheduled after 2 years, say January 2018.

Plan your visit to witness the next Paryaya celebration at Udupi. 

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