Topics: Ashta Mathas of Udupi, Madhvacharya, Udupi Pages: 2 (398 words) Published: December 16, 2012
An 800 year old tradition change leadership concept and spirituality. Any management student worth his salt after learning about the Carlos Ghosn's, the Zuckerberg's and the Narayana Murthy's of the world would say that they traditions and spirituality don’t go hand in hand. But contrary to all perceptions, Paryaya, which takes place every 2 years, shows us how change leadership can result in commendable results. A religious ritual which takes place every alternate year in Krishna Matha (temple) in Udupi, Paryaya, transfers the reins of the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha to one of the pontiffs of the Ashta (8) Matha's established by the Dvaita philosopher Sri Madhvacharya. The most recent paryaya was when the puja and administration of the matha was handed over to Sodhe Vadiraja Mutt's Vishvavallabhatirtha Swami by Shiroor Mutt's Lakshmivaratirtha Swami. The ritual started in the wee hours of 18th January 2012. A huge pomp and show precedes the ritual at the temple where the pontiff is brought to the temple in a palanquin. At the ceremony the descending pontiff will hand over the articles like the Akshaya Patra and the shrine keys to the ascending pontiff. This is held at the Sarvajna Peetha inside the Krishna Matha. The change in leadership is brought about over a period of one year with significant events being held on auspicious muhurthas (occasions). The different events that are held are Bale (Banana) Muhurtha, Akki (Rice) Muhurtha, Kattige (Firewood) Muhurtha and Batha (Paddy) Muhurtha. The Bananas, Rice, Firewood and Paddy associated with each of these events are necessary for the hospitality of the devotees during that particular rein. The rotation of the privilege of worshipping Lord Krishna amongst the eight mathas is fixed. The rotation starts with the Palimaru Matha and ends with the Pejavara Matha. The complete order is * Palimaru

* Adamaru
* Krishnapura
* Puthige
* Shirur
* Sodhe
* Kaniyooru
* Pejavara
Over the years it has...
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