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‘Let Janmashtami prayers alleviate woes of rain-hit’

Published On : 03 Sep 2018   |  Reported By : Courtesy: The Hindu   |  Pic On: Photo credit : The Hindu

Udupi: Udupi reverberated with chantings of ‘Krishna, Krishna’ when thousands of devotees thronged the Sri Krishna Mutt/ Temple on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami on Sunday.

Paryaya seer, Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swami of Udupi Palimaru Mutt, utilised the occasion to pray for the rain-affected people in Kodagu and Kerala.

In his message, the seer said that no one returned empty-handed after visiting Sri Krishna. “He protected cowherds from the deluge by lifting Govardhan Hills following their prayer,” the seer said, adding that similarly he would alleviate the hardships of the rain-affected in Karnataka and Kerala.

The seer said that Krishna, during his childhood, used to break earthen pots in which curd was kept and used to share it with his companions, thereby spreading the message that sharing was better for common good and not storing. The message is relevant even today, the seer added.

Janmashtami celebrations involve fasting on Ashtami and consuming prasada the next day. It is celebrated cutting across caste and creed lines, the seer said.

He added that Krishna came to the world to eliminate evil forces and did his job. “Yet evil thoughts are still there in the world, which should get eliminated and people should prosper,” he said.

The seer, along with Udupi Adamaru Mutt junior seer Sri Eshapriya Tirtha Swami, performed ‘laddoo mahurta’ in the morning.

He decorated the presiding deity with flowers and tulasi leaves and offered special puja.

The mutt surroundings, including Car Street, were filled with devotees even as troupes performing Huli Vesha (tiger dance) were exhibiting their talents at varioius locations.

An all-woman troupe’s performance was the main attraction.

More than 700 children participated in ‘Krishna Vesha’ competitions organised at Rajangana, Madhvangana and Anna Brahma Sabhangana for different categories.

The Paryaya seer, who visited the Rajangana, interacted with children and offered them mementos and prasad.

Sunday’s celebrations concluded with seers and devotees offering ‘arghya’at midnight.

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