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'Krishna Janmastami' At Udupi

by Karnataka News

Posted August 31, 2008

Udupi, Karnataka — Sri Krishna Leelotsav, part of Krishna Janmastami, was celebrated with religious fervour and fanfare in this famous temple town. A large number of devotees and other people witnessed the important annual festival at the Lord Krishna Temple here.

The presiding deity, Lord Krishna, was specially decorated with 'Vajrakavacham' (diamond armour). Long queues for a darshan of the Lord were seen at the temple since the morning.

Several foreigners — including those from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) — also participated. Mass feeding for about 50,000 people was jointly organized by the Mutt and by Udupi Yuva Brahmana Parishat. As a special feature this year, a 180-member troupe from Maharashtra took part in the 'Sri Krishna Alaare' or breaking the pot from a height of 25 feet by forming a human pyramid. In the morning a 'Muddukrishna' (Child Krishna) competition for children was held.

Click Here for the article in A specially made clay Deity of Lord Krishna was taken out in a colourful procession on a golden chariot. Several pontiffs from the Asta Mutt (eight maths) participated. Later, the clay murti was immersed in Madhwa Sarovar, the main pond in front of the temple, followed by a holy dip taken by the Swamijis and devotees.

Meanwhile, the nine-day 'Navotsav' came to an end with the main 'Leelotsav' today. Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya announced Rs 25 lakh towards the construction of a mass dining hall at the temple. Elaborate security arrangements were made around the temple to maintain law and order.