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Udupi, Jan 18.2016: Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math ascended the Paryaya Peetha for the fifth times, also called the Sarvajna Peetha, at the Sri Krishna Math temple on Monday, January 18.
A grand event witnessed by lacs of devotees and VIPs from across the country and the world .Pomp and gaiety marked the ascension ceremony. Sri Vishvesha Tirtha went to Danda Tirtha near Kaup, about 12 km from here, and took a holy dip there at 2.15 a.m. He arrived at Jodu Katte here around 3.30 a.m., where he was welcomed by a large number of devotees.
A grand procession began from Jodu Katte at 4 a.m. As many as 17 tableaux and 28 cultural troupes took part in the procession. The devotees carried the presiding deity of the Pejawar Math — Sri Yoganarasimha — in a palanquin. The tradition of carrying seers of the Ashta Maths by people was given up. Instead, the seers sat in palanquins atop decorated vehicles and followed the chief deity, with Sri Vishvesha Tirtha leading them. The seers included Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Math, Vidyasagar Tirtha Swami of Krishnapur Math, Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swami of Palimar Math, and Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, junior seer of the Pejawar Math. Lakshmivara Tirtha Swami of Shiroor Math sat in a decorated vehicle with an idol of Lord Ganesh in a palanquin (in the vehicle) behind him. The procession culminated at the Car Street at 5.30a.m.
After having a ‘darshan’ of Lord Krishna through the Kanakadasa Kindi, the Pejawar seer went to Sri Chandramouleshwara and Sri Ananteshwara temples and offered prayers. He came to the entrance of the Sri Krishna temple, where he was welcomed by the outgoing Paryaya seer, Vidyavallabha Tirtha Swamiji of Kaniyur Math.
Both the seers then went to the Madhwa Sarovara, washed their feet and entered the Sri Krishna temple and offered prayers to Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana.
Vidyavallabha Tirtha handed over the ‘akshaya patre’ and ‘sattuga’ (a vessel and a ladle dating back to the times of Sri Madhwacharya) and the keys to the sanctum sanctorum to Sri Vishvesha Tirtha, marking the formal transfer of authority from one math to another, at 5.40 a.m. Sri Vishvesha Tirtha ascended the Paryaya Peetha. The seers of other Ashta Maths were felicitated at Badagu Malige.
Sri Vidyavallabha Tirtha, along with other seers, then participated in the Paryaya Durbar at Rajangana. A large number of devotees witnessed the darbar proceedings.
Among the dignitaries present were Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade, veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, union minister Uma Bharti, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar, Sadananda Gowda, ministers R V Deshpande, A Manju, H K Patil, Vinay Kumar Sorake, former union minister Veerappa Moily, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes, C M Ibrahim and others.