Press Esc to close
Sunday 26 February 2017
News updated at 1:16 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 19.7°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

Addapallakki Utsava standoff continues

GULBARGA, Oct 3, 2013, DHNS:
The controversy over the proposed └ddapallakki Utsava (the ritual of carrying the seer in a palanquin) of Rambhapuri Jagadguru Veerasomeshwara Shivacharya on October 14, Vijaya Dashami day, at Jewargi, has taken a serious turn, even threatening the law and order situation, with stiff opposition coming from a section of swamijis from within the Veerashaiva community.

Jewargi, about 40 km from here, has been reeling under tension forcing the administration to intervene to prevent the possibility of commotion between the followers of Panchacharyas and the self-styled progressive followers of Basava philosophy.

The matter has reached even the chief minister’s office in Bangalore. Siddaramaiah has given his green signal for holding the event peacefully.

Taking a cue from the CM, the administration after holding a meeting of both the factions of Lingayat seers has given permission to both to carry out their activities under certain conditions. The factions have agreed to abide by the conditions, among others, not to make any provocative speech and complete their respective activities within set timings.

Discourses


As a counter to the Dasara Durbar planned by the followers of Rambhapuri Swamiji, the faction led by Mahanta Shivacharya Swamiji of Sulaphal Mutt, Gulbarga, with the support of the Sri Siddhalinga Mahaswamy of Tontadarya Mutt, Gadag, has already begun a series of lectures and discourses on the Shivasharanas of Basaveshwara tradition.

However, this particular faction has taken strong objection to Addapallakki ritual which it brands as anti-human. The followers had even threatened to go to the extent of physically stalling it but gave up after stern warning by the administration.

Tradition

Addapallakki is a very old ritual performed by the followers of the Panchacharya Jagadgurus. Before 1929 it used to be held within the premises of the respective mutts.
In 1929, Mysore Maharaja Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar invited the then seer Sri Shivanand Jagadguru to the palace for holding the Addapallakki.

The Maharaj requested the swamiji to hold the ritual all over the state and also outside the state to bless the devotees. Subsequently, the ritual was taken out of the mutts and was observed all over the state and outside from 1930.

This is the 22nd annual dasara durbar of the present Rambhapuri Mutt swamiji and is being held in Jewargi from October 5 to 14.

Blessing devotees

The spirit behind the addapallakki is to give darshan to the devotees and bless them. The Swamiji insists that it was neither anti-human nor unconstitutional.

Notwithstanding his defence, the controversy refuses to die down with increasing opposition to the ritual from the so called progressives and rationalists within the Veerashaiva community.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Tracks laid out for the NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the global series...

Tracks laid out for the NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the global series...

A damaged car after an accident on Delhi- Gurugram Expressway at Shankar Chowk in Gurugram...

A damaged car after an accident on Delhi- Gurugram Expressway at Shankar Chowk in Gurugram...

A competitor at the All India Stunters and Bikers meet at Chikmagalur in Karnataka...

A competitor at the All India Stunters and Bikers meet at Chikmagalur in Karnataka...

A honey bee collecting nectar from a flower in New Delhi ...

A honey bee collecting nectar from a flower in New Delhi ...

Participants performing the yoga steps during the Mega Self Defence Camp for Women organised...

Participants performing the yoga steps during the Mega Self Defence Camp for Women organised...

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar, Maharashtra...

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar, Maharashtra...

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam along with candidates who won in the BMC polls...

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam along with candidates who won in the BMC polls...

Union Water Resources Minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti along with party's candidate...

Union Water Resources Minister and senior BJP leader Uma Bharti along with party's candidate...

BJP workers celebrate the party's victory in the Maharashtra civic polls and Odisha Local...

BJP workers celebrate the party's victory in the Maharashtra civic polls and Odisha Local...

BJP MP Varun Gandhi address during a meeting at town hall in Jodhpur ...

BJP MP Varun Gandhi address during a meeting at town hall in Jodhpur ...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523