Udupi, Jan 15: Even amidst the COVID scare hundreds of devotees thronged to pull and witness the three Chariot Car Festival celebrated in a grand manner in this temple town on Thursday night on the occasion of the 'Makar Sankranti', the year's first festival, officials reported on Friday.
Paryaya Admar Mutt Pontiff Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, Junior seer of the Mut Sri Esha Priya Swamiji, Krishnapura Mutt Pontiff Sri Vidyasagara Theertha Swamiji, Phalimar seer Sri Vidyadheesha Theertha Swamiji, Pejawar Seer Sri Vishwaprasanna Theertha Swamiji, Kaniyoor Swamiji Sri Vidyavallabha Theertha Swamiji, Sode Mutt’s Sri Vishwavallabha Theertha Swamiji and Phalimar Mutt Pontiff Sri Vidya Rajeshwara Theertha Swamiji, among others participated in the rituals.
As part of the festivities Theppotsava was also held wherein the Utsava Murthis of Lord Krishna, Mukhyaprana and Anantheshwara were taken around the 'Madhwa Sarovara'. The idols of Lord Anantheshwara and Chandramauleeshwara were then placed on the chariot and pooja was offered. The chariots were pulled around Carstreet by the devotees.