Udupi, September 9: The magnificent spiritual gala “Sri Krishna Leelotsav” which is popularly known as “Mosarukudike” and “Vittla Pindi” celebrated on the second day of Sri Krishna Janmastami marked yet another grandeur fiesta.
Sri Krishna Leelotsav coincides with the main events of breaking of milk pots, signifying child plays of Lord Sri Krishna. The rituals were held in the premises of Sri Krishna mutt with religious fervour and devotion. Devotees and people gathered in large number around the car street to witness the religious events which was the amalgamation of devotion and entertainment.
On this special occasion, the presiding deity Lord Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is adorned with “Vajrakavacha Alankar” (Diamond armour).
The Sri Krishna Leelothsava began with the grand procession in which the clay idol of Lord Krishna was taken in a golden chariot by Paryaya Sri Sode Vadiraja mutt seer Sri Vishvawallabhatheertha Swamiji around the Car Street. During the procession, the main event “Mosarukudike,” that is, breaking of clay pots filled with milk and colored water hanging from specially erected wooden poles around the temple, to mark the Leelotsava of Lord Krishna was conducted. A group of shepherds with green color painted bear chest and half dressed with husk dress broke the hanging pots from the poles with huge bamboo sticks.
Prior to the procession, “Mahamangalarathi” was performed to the clay idol decked in the chariot by seers of Asta Mutt who took part in the procession. The procession around the Car Street culminated before Sri Krishna temple. This was followed by throwing of coconuts, fruits, eatables like laddus and other eatables and coins by the seers as “Prasadam” at the huge crowd of devotees assembled at Car Street to witness the programme.
After the procession, the clay idol of Lord was immersed in the temple pond “Madhwa Sarover” situated adjacent to the temple. The seers and the devotees took holy dip in the pond on the occasion.
The programme was accompanied by varieties of cultural and folk programmes. The tiger dance with many numbers of troupes taking part in the procession was an added attraction. The “Govinda Alare” by the Sooryodaya Kreeda Mandal troupe from Mumbai was absolutely a crowd puller event. Women tiger dance troupes had their exclusive performance showcased in Rajangana on the occasion.
The entire car street was flooded with people. People had all sort of cultural events displayed on the occasion. A long queue was seen at the temple since early morning to have ‘Darshan’ of the presiding deity. Mass feeding was also held on the occasion. Elaborate security arrangements were made by the police department to avert any untoward incidents.
The Paryaya mutt had organised a week long religious and cultural programmes in the temple that came to an end with the Leelotsava. Several innovative programmes comprising musical concert, Yakshaganas, besides daily spiritual discourses by various religious scholars were organised during the week long celebrations.