Famed Krisha Temple Oversight Changes Hands on Schedule
BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT
Udupi Gopal Krishna
Jan 16, USA (SUN) The two-year-long paryaya (right to conduct the worship) of Sri Vishvapriya Theertha Swami of the Admar mutt will come to a close in the wee hours of January 18 when he hands over the charge of the famous Sri Krishna temple here to his successor Sri Vidyasagar Theertha Swami of Krishnapura mutt.
Ever since he took charge of the temple affairs on January 18, 2004, the Admar seer had involved himself in several social-oriented schemes to help rural people. His involvement in social work and participation in the daily Sri Krishna pooja at the temple was widely appreciated.
The seer was in trouble when he took steps to demolish the old gopuram in front of the temple and put up a new one in its place. The move did not go down well with a section of the people, especially the Kuruba community, and they resorted to widespread protests demanding the arrest of the seer and taking over the temple administration by the state government.
However, the issue died down after the pontiff succeeded in demolishing the old gopuram and constructing a 65-ft huge and magnificent Kanaka gopuram at a cost of US $156,000. The swamiji will hand over the charge to his successor after performing the Nairmalya Visarjana pooja to the presiding deity in the wee hours of January 18.
Administration of the temple rotates among the eight ashrams founded by the eight successors of Madhvacharya, founder of the dualistic school of Hinduism in in the twelfth century.