'Made snana' prevails in other temples, too

Kukke controversy brings to light more such instances

Following controversy over ‘made snana’ (ritual of rolling over the row of plantain leaves used for meal in temple) in Kukke Subrahmanya temple of Dakshina Kannada, similar practice prevailing in other temples across the State has come to light.

Over 30 devotees fulfilled their vow of ‘made snana’ during the Tulu Shasthi Maharathotsava celebrations at Subrahmanya temple in Ramanathapur of Arakalugud taluk on Friday.
While in Subrahmanya, the major objection was that the practice perpetuated the caste discrimination as majority of the participants were from the lower castes.

At Ramanathapur, the decades-old practice takes place unobtrusively, with only ‘brahmins’ rolling over the leaves used by the ‘brahmins’ in a separate dining hall reserved for the community.

A devotee from Bangalore said: “My parents believe that I was born only after they took the vow of ‘made snana’. So, I have been practising it since my childhood.”

In Pavagad

The situation was different at Antya Subrahmanya temple at Nagalamadike in Pavagad taluk, where hundreds of devotees performed ‘made snana’ on the barricaded premises, in the presence of police.

The devotees here come from not only Karnataka but also from the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Such would be the rush for ‘made snana’ that the participants would literally snatch the leaves even before the devotees completed their meals. The participants who didn’t get the chance, would pick leftovers and put on their head.

This year, to avoid the rush, a four-foot compound has been built and the participants were made to stand in queue, and the police supervised.

Over 50,000 devotees witnessed the ‘made snana’ that followed the ‘Rathotsava’, which was inaugurated by Legislator Venkataramanappa and Tahsildar S Prasannakumar.  

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