Udupi, Augst 28, 2013 :
The preparations began in the wee hours on Wednesday. The ritual of ‘Arghyapradan’ (offering of milk and holy water) to the specially made clay idol of Lord Sri Krishna in the “Seetha Mantap” was offered through “Bilvapatra” by the devotees under the guidance of Paryaya Sode Vadiraja mutt seer Sri Vishwavallabhatheertha Swamiji to mark the birth of Lord Sri Krishna.
The Arghyapradan which started at 12, went on for long duration following very big queue of devotees waiting outside the temple for their turn since evening.
Earlier the Paryaya seer offered Arghya to the Lord inside the sanctum sanctorum and at “Tulasikatte” in the temple premises. Before Arghyapradan, the Paryaya seer also performed Pooja and Mahamangalarathi late in the night to the presiding deity in the temple.
The presiding deity of Lord Krishna was decorated by the Paryaya seer in the form of “kneeling Bala Krishna in the cradle”. A long queue was seen since morning in front the temple standing patiently to have the Darshan of Lord.
Sri Krishna Leelotsav, as part of Sri Krishna Janmastami, which is popularly known “Mosarukudike,” the main event of breaking of milk pots, signifying child plays of Lord Sri Krishna will be held at the temple premises on Thursday. On the occasion, the presiding deity Lord Krishna will be specially decorated with “Vajrakavacha Alankar” (Diamond armour).
A long queue was seen at the temple since early morning to have ‘Darshan’ of the presiding deity. Mass feeding was also held on the occasion. Paryaya Sode Vadiraja Mutt has prepared one lakh “Chakkuli” and two lakh laddus in the mutt to distribute among the people and children studying in 130 schools.
The ritualistic hymns praising the Lord is echoed in ambiance of the temple town and the main car street is decorated with flowers and specially erected poles around the car street to hold “Sri Krishna Leelotsava” or popularly known as “Vittlapindi” or “Mosarukudike” with the participation of several Swamijis of Asta Mutt (eight mutt) and large number of devotees who have come from across the country.
The temple and the sanctum sanctorum is decked with varieties of flowers where the “Arghyapradan” was performed.