A historic moment for Udupi Sri Krishna temple
Sri Sugunendra Teertha, the chief of the Puthige Mutt, ascended the Paryaya Peeta at Udupi Sri Krishna temple amid festivities in the small hours on Thursday. This marks the beginning of his fourth term as the Paryaya seer, who will oversee the administration and pujas at the temple for the next two years.
The Paryaya Peeta is a sacred seat that is transferred among the eight mutts of Udupi in a traditional cyclic rotation. The Puthige Mutt is one of the oldest and most revered mutts in the region, tracing its lineage back to Sri Madhvacharya, the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta.
A grand procession and a holy dip
The Puthige seer took a holy dip at Dandatheertha lake in Kaup at 1.30 am and reached Jodukatte to take part in the rituals and grand Paryaya procession. He was accompanied by his junior pontiff Sri Susheendra Teertha. The procession was a colourful spectacle, featuring various tableaus, ‘pili vesha’ teams and music bands. The Puttige seers were taken in a beautifully decorated palanquin placed on open vehicles.
A smooth transfer of power and responsibility
After having darshan of Lord Krishna, the Puthige seer was handed over the charge of the Udupi Sri Krishna temple by Admar Mutt seer Sri Vishwapriya Teertha by leading him to the Sarvajna Peeta. The Sarvajna Peeta is a symbolic throne that represents the supreme knowledge and authority of the Paryaya seer. The transfer of power and responsibility was done in a smooth and cordial manner, as per the tradition and protocol of the temple.
A presence of dignitaries and devotees
The Paryaya Peeta ceremony was attended by several dignitaries and devotees, who came to witness and bless the Puthige seer. Among them were Udupi district in-charge minister Laxmi Hebbalkar, Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP and Union Minister Shobha Karandlanje, MLAs Yashpal Suvarna, V Sunil Kumar and former minister Pramod Madhwaraj. The Puthige seer expressed his gratitude and humility to the guests and the devotees, and vowed to serve the temple and the society with dedication and devotion.
A vision for the future of the temple and the mutt
The Puthige seer has a vision for the future of the Udupi Sri Krishna temple and the Puthige Mutt, which he shared in his inaugural speech. He said that he will focus on promoting education, health, culture and spirituality among the people, especially the youth. He also said that he will work towards preserving the environment, promoting harmony and peace, and supporting the needy and the underprivileged. He appealed to the people to join him in his mission and support him in his endeavours.