On October 26th Radhanath Swami, continuing a South Indian Pilgrimage, traveled from Hampi, to the holy town of Udupi in South Karnataka. Four thousand plus devotees travelled in over eighty buses leaving early in the day and arriving in Udupi by evening. The local media and television channels extensively covered this event as the Radha Gopinath congregation was making this pilgrimage to Udupi after fifteen years.
Udupi is the centre for all members of the Madhva branch of the Bhakti tradition. The famous temple of Lord Krishna in Udupi was founded by the Vasihnava leader Madhvacharya in the 13th century. Udupi is also the place of the birth and pastimes of Madhvacharya.
On the 27th of October, Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day festival was observed by the group. The senior most leader of the Madhva tradition, and nationally renowned spiritual leader, Shri Vishweshwara Tirtha Swamiji of the Pejawar Mutt, addressed the gathering and glorified the contribution of Srila Prabhupada. He also appreciated Radhanath Swami and thanked the congregation for choosing to come to Udupi for their annual yatra. Earlier during the day, Shri Vidyavallabh Tirtha Swamiji of the Kaniyoor Mutt, the present in charge of the Udupi temple, honored Radhanath Swami at the temple, and thanked him and invited him to come more often to Udupi.
Shri Vishweshwar Tirtha Swamiji said in his address that Srila Prabhupada is a unique revolutionary saint, who gave the gift of love of God to one and all, without discrimination of caste, religion, and nationality. He also expressed his deep friendship and bonding with Radhanath Swami whom he has known since almost three decades. “Radhanath Swami is my brother, and both of us are like flowers bound by the thread of Krishna, and I am extremely happy to reunite with him here in Udupi”, said Shri Vishweshwar Tirtha Swamiji.
The devotees visited the different holy places during the next four days of the yatra. Udupi temple complex, Pajaka kshetra, the birth place of Sri Madhvacharya and Balaram temple at the Malpe beach were visited by all the devotees in different batches, lead by senior members of the yatra who would explain the significance of these places.
During the evenings Radhanath Swami lead kirtans and gave classes concluding with lamp offerings for Lord Damodar as part of the celebration of the month of Kartik.