Protest to be staged against 'discriminatory' rituals at mutt

K S Shivaramu, Karnataka Rajya Hindulida Vargagala Jagrithi Vedike State president, said that a protest rally will be organised in Mysuru on December 15 at 10.30 am, opposing discriminatory rituals at mutts and temples.

The president has also challenged Pejawar mutt pontiff Vishweshatheertha Swami to have ‘Sahapankti Bhojana’ – where members of the upper castes have food with Dalits – with sanitation workers, during Paryaya celebrations on January 18.

Briefing mediapersons in Mangaluru on Saturday, he said if the seer was committed to the upliftment of the underprivileged, then he should invite the sanitation workers (pourakarmikas) for the ‘Sahapankti Bhojana' and have meal with them.

He said the modified version of ‘made snana’, known as ‘ede snana’, should also be banned at all the Subrahmanya temples in the State. Under the modified version, devotees will no longer be allowed to roll over plantain leaves with leftovers of food consumed by Brahmins. Instead, the food offered to the deity will be directly brought from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple to the outer yard in the form of ‘prasadam’ and it will be placed on the plantain leaves for the devotees to roll over them, he explained.

Opposing the ‘ede snana’ and ‘panktibheda’ (discrimination based on caste while serving food at temples) and demanding the implementation of the anti-superstition Bill, the Vedike will organise the protest rally in Mysuru, Shivaramu said.

The Dalita Hakkugala Horata Samithi and other like-minded organisations will organise a protest rally in all the district and taluk headquarters on the occasion.

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