Mosaru Kudike, Celebrating The Childhood Of Lord Krishna

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It is a festive mood in the city, as the thousands of people are going to witness the Mosaru Kudike at Mangalore, Udupi, Moodbidri, Kulshekar, Attavar, Kadri and other places, with youngsters forming human pyramids to reach the top of the ‘Chappara’ to break the earthen pots filled with goodies. The purpose of the festival, which comes a day after Krishna Janmashtami, is to celebrate the childhood of Lord Krishna. Vittal Pandi is also known as Sri Krishna Leelotsav as the procession is dedicated to the leelas of Sri Krishna especially those of his childhood. Muddu Krishna vesha and Krishna dance competitions for children is the main attraction of the Vittal Pindi.

In Udupi, Mosaru Kudike is called Vittal Pindi and has a history of over seven centuries. The Vittal Pindi procession begins from the entrance of the Sri Krishna Math at 3 p.m. “Utsava Murthy” of Lord Krishna, followed by the idols of Lord Ananteshwara and Lord Chandramouleshwara placed in a wooden chariot called as “Pushpaka ratha” will be carried in golden chariot.

The festival features colourful processions, drawing of chariots, Huli Vesha, dance, music, fireworks, decorated earthen pots filled with milk, curds, buttermilk, and coloured water and hung on festooned gopuras and cultural shows.  Tableau representing episodes from the life of Sri Krishna is part of the procession.

They do not form human pyramids in Udupi. Instead, they dress as gopalakas and break the pots with long wooden poles or bamboo sticks. Huge crowds of people watch as the gopalakas break the pots. Whenever a pot breaks, the crowds break into cheers. At the end of the Vittal Pindi celebrations, they immerse a clay idol of Lord Krishna in the waters of Madhwa Sarovar, a holy lake in Udupi.

The credit of being the first locality in Mangalore to celebrate Mosaru Kudike goes to Attavar. In fact, Mosaru Kudike in Attavar has a history of over 100 years as the locality celebrated it’s 100th Mosaru Kudike in 2009. The people of Attavar held their first Mosaru Kudike procession from Shri Umamaheshwara Temple in 1909. They then organized a celebration at Vaidyanatha Daivasthana.

The devotees of Krishna celebrate his childhood by building huge wooden frames that rise to a height of 15 feet. They hang pots of curds, milk, buttermilk, and coloured water on these frames. They also decorate the frame with fruits, packets of crisp snacks, bottles of soft drinks, and toys. Devotees then assume the roles of gopalakas, form human pyramids and break the pots hanging on the frames. They throw the packets of snacks, toys, and fruits to the cheering crowds. In the meantime, loud music is played and water is sprayed on the gopalakas.


The major highlight of the Mosaru Kudike celebrations in Kadri is Star Nite Organized by Kadri Cricketers at Kadri Ground from 7.00 pm onwards. A sandalwood idol of Lord Krishna will be taken out in a procession in a mantap made of sandalwood from the Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple to the Sri Gopalakrishna Mutt. After the Janmashtami rituals, Leelotsava rituals will be held the next day. The idol will be brought back to the temple in an equally colourful procession that will be punctuated with ‘mosaru kudike’ rituals with teams vying to break earthen pots fixed on bamboo scaffolding.

We have the good fortune of view the colourful celebrations of Mosaru Kudike. Don’t miss the chance to evidence the Sri Krishna Leelotsav. 

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