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Vidyasagara Tirtha swamiji ascends `Paryaya peetha'

Staff Correspondent

Krishnapur Math seer gets worshipping rights for two years



THIRD PARYAYA: Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha seen during the Paryaya procession in Udupi on Wednesday.

Udupi: Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha of Sri Krishnapur Math ascended the "Paryaya peetha'' at the Sri Krishna Math/Temple here on Wednesday.

This gives him the rights to worship Lord Krishna and manage the affairs of the temple for the next two years.

This is Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha Swamiji's third "Paryaya".

The ceremony was marked by traditional pomp and gaiety. Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha went to Danda Tirtha near Kaup at 1 a.m. and had a holy dip there.

He reached Udupi at 2.20 a.m. and was welcomed by devotees at Jodu Katte.

At 2.40 a.m., a procession of 26 tableaux and a number of cultural troupes was taken out from Jodu Katte.

Palanquin procession

The devotees carried the deity of Sri Krishnapur Math, Sri Dwibhuja Kaliyamardana Krishna, in a palanquin.

The seers of the Astha Maths followed the deity, with Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha leading them.

Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha then went to the "Kanakana Kindi'' and had "dhuli darshana'', "darpana darshana'' and "go darshana''. The archak of the Sri Krishnapur Math performed the "Okuli'' ritual.

The swamiji had darshan at the Sri Chandramouleshwara and Sri Ananteshwara temples and offered prayers.

He then came to the entrance of the Sri Krishna Temple, where he was welcomed by the outgoing swamiji, Sri Vishwapriya Tirtha of Admar Math.

Bhagirathi darshan

The two swamijis went to the "Madhwa Sarovara'' and had a "darshan'' of Goddess Bhagirathi. They then entered the Sri Krishna Math/Temple and had "darshan'' of Lord Krishna through the "Navagraha Kindi''. They offered prayers to Lord Mukhyaprana and Lord Garuda.

The "Malika Mangalarti'' was performed for the swamijis at the Chandrashale. The two swamijis then entered the "Simhasana Shala''.

Transfer of power

At 5.55 a.m. in the auspicious "Dhanur Lagna'', Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha Swamiji ascended the "Paryaya peetha''.

Sri Vishwapriya Tirtha handed over the "Akshaya Patre'', "sattuga'' and the keys to the sanctum sanctorum to Sri Vidyasagara Tirtha Swamiji, marking the formal transfer of authority.

The swamijis then came to the "Badagu Malige'', where the other swamijis of the Ashta Maths were present.

Later, they all attended the "Paryaya darbar'' at Rajangana.

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