Paryaya is a religious ritual which takes place every alternate year in Krishna Matha (Krishna Temple) of Udupi. The puja and administration of Krishna Matha is distributed among the Swamijis of Ashta Matha’s established by Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhvacharya. Each swamiji of every matha gets chance to perform puja to Udupi Sri Krishna by rotation for a period of two years. During paryaya, the puja and administration of Krishna Matha is handed over from Swamiji of one of Ashta Matha to the Swamiji of another Ashta Matha. It takes place every two years in even numbered years.
Before ascending throne of Sarvajna peetha, rituals are initiated one year before paryaya by the ascending Swamiji. Main among them are Bale (Banana) Muhurtha, Akki (Rice) Muhurta, Kattige (Fire wood) Muhurtha and Batha (Paddy) Muhurta.
First, Bale Muhurta is performed, one year prior to the Paryaya by the ascending Swamiji. In Bale Muhurta, banana or plantain saplings are planted along with tulasi to meet the needs to Krishna puja and for feeding of devotees. After that, Akki Muhurtha is performed, where rice is stored in Mudi . Around 48 Mudis are stored on Akki Muhurtha. Kattige Muhurtha follows Akki Muhurtha. Firewood is stored in the form of ratha for future use during Paryaya. The firewood stored is used for cooking prasada and feeding devotees who come to Krishna Matha during the two years of Paryaya. Batha Muhurtha is performed after Kattige Muhurtha. Batha is stored for meeting future requirements within premises of Sri Krishna Matha. All these muhurthas are done on auspicious days with offering to Chandreshwara, Ananteshwara and Sri Krishna deities. These are done for smooth running of the Paryaya.
Sri Sri Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swamiji – Kaniyooru Matha will preside the paryaya festival.
Date: 17 January, 2014
Duration: 2 days
Audience: Adults, General Public , Children
Category: Festival ,Fair & Cultural Celebration
Venue: Car Street, Udupi
Admission: Free admission