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The Swamiji visits places of pilgrimage from Kanyakumari to Badarinath and offers prayers and service to the Deities in those places in order to obtain blessings for the smooth running of the tenure of his paryaaya. This tour of pilgrimage is known as paryaya-puurva sanchaara. On an auspicious day the Swamiji offers special prayers to his Mutt Deities and begins the pilgrimage. He visits such places as Kanyakumari, Rameshwara, Tirupati, Mathura, Vrindavan, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kashi, Prayag, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badari, Hampi, etc.
Upon returning to his district, he visits the pilgrim centres of the district and then, on an auspicious day, he enters Udupi.
As soon as the Swamiji reaches the place of welcome, he is garlanded by the leaders and dignitaries of the town. Flowers and fried rice are sprinkled on the route he will take to travel from the `manTapa' at the joDu kaTTe to the Car Street. The Swamiji is carried on a decorated chariot and his Mutt icons are carried on a decorated palanquin. This is a joyous procession and very colorful to watch -- effigies of the great saints in the tradition are also carried in procession, musicians play joyous music, scholars walk along chanting hymns from the Vedas, and a large joyful crowd of devotees follow.
The streets along the way to the Car Street are colourfully decorated and there are arches and manTap-s constructed along the route. These are named in honour of the previous piiThaadhipati-s of that Mutt.
Upon reaching the Car Street, the Swamiji offers prayers in the Chandreshwara and Ananteshwara temples before entering Krishna Mutt where he offers prayers to Sri Krishna. From here he goes to his own Mutt where the ritual of offering prayers to the nine planets is performed at the entrance. Later on, in a public function held on the Car Street, the citizens and devotees honour the Swamiji and offer him felicitations. He is profusely garlanded by the devotees. At this function the Swamiji outlines his plans and the projects he intends to undertake during his paryaaya-term. He then asks the devotees gathered there for their cooperation so his goals may be achieved.
This section is by Raymond Crawford. Some of the material comes from a book published for the 1984 paryaaya of H.H. Sri Vishwesha Tiirtha Swamiji, by Bannanje Govindacharya, U.P. Upadhyaya, and Muralidhar Upadhyaya
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Created October 4, 1996; last updated August 10, 2001.