PARYAYA AND ITS
philosophy spread to the four corners of India, many disciples of great
intellectual luminosity and functional tenacity joined his faith and
strengthened his hands by propagating the tenets in and around the town. Many
were sent outside on propagation and expansion work. But eight of his disciples
remained at Udipi itself. And this being the headquarters of the new faith, it
required such number both for the administrative work and also carrying on the
day to day prayer services to the presiding deity. So, a far-sighted and broad
based system with well defined rules and principles was deemed a necessity.
These eight disciples were in charge of eight Mutts established in the vicinity
of temple itself, and were looking after the regular and special duties
according to their conveniences; of course on mutual understanding and
reciprocal adjustment. Any how, it presented certain problems. It was during
Sri Vadiraja's time, some concrete and well defined Paryaya - change of guard
system came into existence.
The period of Parya is two years and everyone of the
eight is given chance by rotation system. And each pontiff was given a separate
individual Mutt and is made the head of it. Besides attending to the duties of
the Mutt, they must undertake the responsibility of conducting daily pujas to
the Mulavirat for two successive years. That Swamiji is reverentially designated
as the Prayaya Swamiji.
tradition was introduced in 1532. It has elaborate procedure both for inducting
the Swamiji and conducting the temple affairs. For two years, the Paryaya
Swamiji is the chief over secular and spiritual affairs. Many ceremonies precede
Full equipment like provisions and personnel for running and maintaining the
whole Mutt, primarily the temple is then given full consideration and are
provided. A perfectly planned scheme is drawn up before the Swamiji is
established in the gadi. This tradition became instrumental in keeping aloft the
banner of Dualism among the religions of the world. Credit goes to that
redoubtable Acharya Swami Vadiraja, whose stamp of genus is borne in many
aspects of temple, administration. And has became a modeI to other temples.