Sri Krishna Janmashtami, birthday of Lord Sri Krishna, is the most jubilant occasion to watch in world famous Udupi Sri Krishna temple. Extravaganza of Sri Krishna Leelotsav in Sri Krishna Math attracts thousands of devotees from all along Karnataka and surrounding states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Goa.
In 2017, Sri Krishna Janmashtami festival is celebrated on September 13 & 14 in Udupi. At 11:54 in night on September 13th, ‘Arghyapradhana’ is performed to Lord Krishna. Arghya Pradhan is a special ritual in which the clay idol of Krishna is offered milk and holy water in the main temple (sanctum sanctorum).
According to Lunar Calendars (Chandramana Panchanga), Sri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated on 15 August.
‘Vittal Pindi’, a famous ritual in Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is celebrated on the following day of Janmashtami. In 2017, Vittal Pindi date is September 14.
The next day on September 14, Sri Krishna Leelotsava is celebrated. The clay idol of is taken out in a procession around the main street and after that immersed in the temple tank. During the festival of Janmashtami, 50 varieties of laddoos are made in Sri Krishna Mutt for distribution to devotees.
Sri Krishna Leelotsav, as part of Krishna Janmashtami, the significant annual events to be held in the temple town will be celebrated at the famous Sri Krishna temple here on September 13 and 14. As part of the festival, a ten-day religious and cultural programmes would be held. This include competitions, dance, drama, music concerts, religious discourses and painting exhibitions.
On September 13th (on Janmashtami) Sri Krishna Janmashtami competitions will be inaugurated during which Sri Krishna Janmashtami awards will be presented. On the Janmashtami day, Arghya , offering milk and water to the specially made clay idol of Lord Sri Krishna at the sanctorum of the temple will be held at midnight followed by Sri Krishna Leelotsav on the next day in which a colourful procession of the presiding deity will be held in the afternoon in which several fancy and folk and cultural troupes will participate.
A special Tiger dance competition had also bee arranged besides other fancy and folk dances for which a total of Rs eight lakh cash prizes had been kept apart. Over 2 lakh Chakkuli (a fried snack) and approximately 1 lac laddus will be prepared and offered to the presiding deity on Janmastami later which will be distributed to the visiting devotees and tens of thousands of students from more than 100 schools in Udupi coming under mid-day meal scheme of the mutt.
Check this video for detailed Janmashtami Puja Procedure with Mantras and fully explained Puja steps..