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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kautukabera literally means ‘image with thread’.

Temples have two types of images:

  1. Dhruvabera- fixed permanently in the garbhagṛha or sanctum sanctorum
  2. Utsavamurti- image kept separately in a room or a shed which is used during the processions on special days. It is generally a smaller replica of the original image made of pañcaloha or bronze.

‘Kautuka’ is the technical name for a sacred thread that is wound round the right wrist of the utsavamurti on the night prior to the rathotsava or procession festival. Hence, this utsavamurti is also called ‘Kautukabera’.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore