The annual Makar Sankranti Festival observed in the
is known as Sapthotsva. The seven-day festival usually begins on January 8 and
the most important date is January 14. The final day sees three beautifully
decorated chariots pulled around the streets. The festival commemorates the
establishment of the Bhagvan Sri Krishna Murti at the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple by Saint Madhwacharya
around 800 years ago. Udupi Sri Krishna
The utsava murtis in the
are brought to the
Madhwa Sarovara (sacred pond on the premises of the temple) in a golden
palanquin at around 7.30 PM on Makar Sankranti day. The murtis are then kept on
a decorated boat and taken thrice around the sacred pond. Udupi Sri Krishna
After the boat ride, the murtis are taken to the front of the
. Sri Krishna Temple
The murtis are then taken around on chariots.
The utsava murti of Bhagvan Sri Krishna is placed on the Brahma Ratha;
The utsava murti of Mukhyaprana is placed on the Garudu Ratha
The utsava murtis of Anantheshwara and Chandramouleshwara are placed on the Mahapuja Ratha.
Thousands of devotees pull the chariots on the day. After the chariot seva, the murti are taken to the Vasant Mahal for puja.