Vedike to oppose Yede Snana, to carry out rally on Nov 15


MANGALURU, Nov 3: It’s time for Yede Snana at the Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district from November 27. The Karnataka State Hindulida Vargagala Jagrutha Vedike, which is opposed to this religious practice, are planning to lay siege to the temple town if the controversial ritual is performed.

KS Shivaramu, state president of the vedike, who was one of the respondents in the case before the Supreme Court said: "Yede snana is as inhuman as made snana. Why waste the prasadm? The holy prasadm should be consumed and not thrown. It is for this reason we oppose even Yede Snana."

He said: As of now we have decided to lay siege to the temple if Yede Snana is performed. We will carry out an awareness rally on November 14 which will reach Kukke on the next day on November 15. On that day, we will decide plan of action on what exactly we should do in case Yede Snana is performed at Kukke.

The awareness rally will start near Kote Anjaneya Temple near Mysuru Palace premises. The rally will be inaugurated by well-known writers, thinkers and seers. The rally will reach Kukke via Mysore, Hunsur, Madikeri and Sullia. The rally is intended to uphold human dignity. The ritual denigrates human values as well as dignity,’’ he said.

At the Kukke rally many thinkers, seers and writers will speak and express their views on the subject, he added.

"We are not only against made Snana and its reformed version Yede Snana. We are also against pankthi bedha (caste discrimination while serving food in temples) and other superstitious beliefs foisted on people by the priestly-class for their own advantage and subjugating others," Shivaramu said.

Pejawar mutt seer Vishweshateertha had suggested this Yede Snana in July 2012 while trying to find an amicable solution for this issue of made Snana which was opposed by seers of various mutts. The Yede Snana is an iteration of made Snana.

The modification formula described ’Yede Snana’ allows devotees roll over food offered to the deity directly brought from the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple to the outer yard unlike in the earlier practise of made snana’’ devotees roll on leftovers on plantain leaves used by Brahmins for meals, under the belief that it will cure them of skin ailments.

Shivaramu said he was aware of this practice being carried out at many temples in the state and the vedike would carry out awareness drives even there. "It’s foolish to think we will be able to stop such practice all of a sudden. Like we achieved our objective on made snana, we too will get support to stop Yede Snana," he asserted. 

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