Jhundi Yatra to enter Mangaluru on February 26

The anointment of the new ‘Raja’ of Kadali Yogeshwar (Jogi) Mutt will take place on March 7 at 9.25 am on the premises of the Yogeshwar Mutt, Kadri.

The ceremony, called ‘Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka’, is held once every 12 years.
Addressing mediapersons in Kadri on Monday, Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka Mahotsava committee convener Dr P Keshavanath said that the Navanath Jhundi, a troupe of more than 500 seers, along with the ‘Raja’ elect Yogi Sri Nirmalnath, traverses a distance of more than 1,100 km from Nasik to Mangaluru by foot, which takes about six months. The pontiff was selected at the Nasik Kumbh Mela, he said.

Among the seers of the Jhundi are ‘Hatayogis’, professionals (three engineers and two doctors) and 19 postgraduates. Yogi Rajendranath has been practising ‘Hathayoga’ for the past 15 years in a standing posture.

The ‘Raja’ carries with him the ‘Patra Devata’, which is worshipped by him not only through the Jhundi Yatra, but also during his tenure of 12 years as Peetadhipati of Kadali Mutt. The Jhundi, consisting of Yogi Sri Nirmalnath and other seers, will enter the city of Mangaluru at Kottara Chowki on February 26 at 7 am. The Jhundi will be pass through Kottara – Urwa Store – Ladyhill – Kudroli – Car Street – Hampankatta – PVS – Bunts Hostel – Mallikatta and will reach Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple.

Several cultural and spiritual programmes will be held at the mutt premises every evening from February 26 to March 7.

A felicitation will be held to the outgoing Raja Sri Sandhyanath and the newly elected Raja Sri Nirmalanath, as a part of the formal function to be held on March 6 evening. The ‘Hore Kanike’ procession, led by Sri Vinayananda in the presence of temple trustee Sri Ramanath Hegde, will leave from Mangaladevi temple at 3.30 pm on February 28 and reach Kadali Mutt via Kankanady, Mallikatta and Kadri Sri Manjunath temple.

Sri Gurudevananda Swami, Sri Muktananda Swami, Karinje, Sri Mohanadasa Swami, Manila, Sri Yogananda Swami, Kondevoor, Yogi Sri Mahant Adinath, Sri Mahant Shivanath, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA J R Lobo, Karnataka Bank MD and CEO P Jayaram Bhat, Buntara Yane Nadavara Matru Sangha president at Kumar Rai Maladi, A J Group President A J Shetty, Karavali group of institutions President Ganesh Rao, Dakshina Kannada district working journalists’ association President Jagannath Shetty Bala, Hosa Diganta group CEO P S Prakash and others will be present on the occasion.

Raja Pattabhisheka Mahotsava Samithi President H K Purushotham, Convener Dr P Keshavanath, Karnataka Jogi Samaja Sudharaka Sangha President Kiran Kumar Jogi, Advisor M Ramachandra, Mahotsava Samiti General Secretary Satish Kumar Jogi, Association Secretary B Gangadhar, Treasurer K Suresh and Mahotsava Finance committee Convener K Padmanabha were present.

The Navnath Jhundi comprising seers from North India, took part in the anointing ceremony of Yogipeer Jagadishnath in Halavari Mutt in Kundapur and progressed towards Mangaluru by walk on Saturday.

The Jhundi had started from Triambakeshwar Kumbha Mela and traversed Maharashtra, Goa, Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga and Udupi.

On the way, the seers take bath in rivers and take rest in the shade of the trees. Very few of them use paduka, the wooden sandals or socks. Some of them use wrist watches and mobile phones.

They wear huge sized ear rings and ‘kada’ in hands. Also, they use kamandalu, a container to hold water. The seers drink black tea and smoke chutta and beedis. Their names are post fixed with titles such as Baba, Mahanthesh, Maharaj and so on.
They maintain silence all the time. Their austerities are devoted towards their deity Gorakshanatha.

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