Govt agrees to modfiy practice of 'Made Snana' in temple

Made snana

The Karnataka government today informed the High Court it would modify the controversial practice of "Made Snana" in Kukke Subramanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district.

The ritual involves devotees rolling over leftovers of food partaken by Brahmins on plantain leaves.

The government, in its response to a PIL seeking a ban on the practice, filed an affidavit in the court, saying it would replace the earlier practice by offering "prasadam" from the sanctum sanctorum on plantain leaves, which would be placed in the outer yard to enable devotees irrespective of caste, to partake of it.

The government also conceded the other prayer of the petitioners, seeking a ban on "Pankthi Bheda" at the temple (discrimination in seating arrangement for partaking food, by assuring that it would not promote, sponsor or permit Pankthi Bheda there.

The division bench, headed by Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen, then disposed of the peititon.

The PIL filed by Nedumamidi Swamy, a seer of the Mutt by the same name in Cikkaballapura and several others, including educationists and rationalists in March this year sought a ban on "Made Snana" and two other connected practices of "Made Seve" and Made Sevane" and also a ban on "Pankthi Bheda" at the above temple.

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