BANGALORE: More than 100 pontiffs from various mutts across the state, who opposed ‘Made Snana’ and ‘Pankthi Bhojana’ at Kukke Subramanya, on Monday demanded a ban on such practices.
Under the leadership Dr Thontadarya Siddalinga Swamy and Sri Veerabhadra Channamalla Swami, the seers gathered here at Freedom Park.
They added they will take their protest to the next level and were even ready to go to jail if the practice was not banned.
Speaking on the occasion, Sri Veerabhadra Channamalla Swami said that there was a need of a permanent commission to eliminate superstitious practices like Made Snana.
“For a ban on Made Snana, students must be made aware of such evil practices, which can be made through the text books,” he felt.
He added Swamijis from across the state gathered to convey Constitution is greater than Shastras (rituals).
The pontiffs waited till 4 pm for Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda’s response to their demand.
Gowda visited the venue along with Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar and assured the pontiffs that necessary decision will be made in the next two months.
“There is a need for discussions involving both Swamijis who are for and those against the practice of Made Snana,” the Chief Minister said