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Udupi: Temple city braces for Paryaya Mahotsava amid Covid fear

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Daijiworld media network – Udupi (JD)

Udupi, January 9: The temple city is preparing to celebrate the 251st Paryaya Mahotsava on January 17-18. The district administration, the Krishnapura Matha Paryaya Mahotsava committee of the city municipality are on their final countdown and preparations are being made. The roads were also repaired and decorated.

The Krishnapura Paryaya 2022 will be held even amid the fear of Covid in abiding by rules enacted by the state government by downplaying grandeur, according to the committee. Raghupathi Bhat, MP for Udupi, giving details of the two days of celebration, said: “Sri Sri Vidyasagara Theertha Swamiji had already decided that the Paryaya Mahotsava would be held in accordance with government rules and regulations. After discussing with the district administration, the department police, and the organizing committee, we made many changes in the manner of the celebrations. We will follow all government directives, ”he said.

“Purapravesha of the ascendant pontiff Sri Sri Vidyasagara Theertha Swamiji will take place on Monday January 10 at 3 pm in Jodukatte. Due to Covid standards and in order to reduce attendance by the faithful, there will be no groups of tables. will arrive in an open jeep with a limited number of guests. A public congratulations program will also take place at Car Street at 6 p.m. Congratulations will only be accepted by the organizing committee and the city municipality on occasion. Swamiji asked worshipers to refrain from offering congratulations citing the threat of Covid, ”Bhat said.

Explaining the Paryaya procession and celebrations on January 17th and 18th, Raghupathi Bhat said, “All of our programs are scheduled with the nighttime curfew in mind. Cultural programs will end on January 17th at 9pm. Paryaya procession will start in the early hours at 2 am on January 18. As it is a tradition, it must be followed. We asked the Chief Minister to give us permission to lead the procession. We ask the people to attend the celebrations via the live broadcast. The procession will be organized with a minimum number of people. The Chief Minister will make a decision on this after discussing it with the expert committee. Limited passes will be issued for the Paryaya Darbar, ”he said.

In his video message to devotees, ascendant seer Sri Sri Vidyasagara Theertha Swamiji asked devotees to follow government rules and regulations and minimize direct participation during Paryaya celebrations. “We must keep in mind the growing number of cases of the Omicron variant. If we are negligent, we will have to suffer the consequences in the future. So I call on disciples, sympathizers and math enthusiasts to follow quickly. the Covid guidelines set by the government, ”he said.

Committee Honorary Chairman Suryanarayana Upadhyaya, Secretary Vishnu Prasad Padigar, Treasurer Ravi Prakash Rao, PRO UK Raghavendra Rao and others were present on the occasion.