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Udupi: The ‘Three Chariot Festival’, a part of the ‘Sapthotsava’, was held with traditional pomp and gaiety at Car Street ,Udupi on Sunday, January 14,2018. A large number of devotees participated in the event.
It was on the day of ‘Makara Sankranti’ that the exponent of the Dwaita philosophy, Acharya Madhwa, installed a beautiful idol of Lord Krishna in Udupi nearly 800 years ago. To commemorate this, the ‘Sapthotsava’ is held every year.
The “Utsava Murtis” of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana were brought to the “Madhwa Sarovara” (Holy pond at the Sri Krishna Temple premises) in a golden palanquin. They were then placed in a decorated boat in the shape of a chariot, which took three rounds in the Holy Pond. The idol of Lord Krishna was then taken out and placed in the “Brahmaratha”, the idol of Lord Mukhyaprana in the “Garuduratha” and the “Utsava Murtis” of Lord Ananteshwara and Lord Chandramouleshwara were placed in the “Mahapuja Ratha” in front of the Sri Krishna Temple. Hundreds of devotees pulled the three chariots chanting the name of the Lord.
The “Rathas” moved in a clockwise direction and came to a halt in front of the Sri Krishna Temple.The ‘Churnotsava’ will be held here on Monday, January 15, marking the culmination of the Sapthotsava.