Udupi: The practice of Ede Snana has been banned at the Sri Krishna Math and Temple, according to a decision taken by the Paryaya Palimar Math.
It can be recalled that the Ede Snana was introduced as a replacement for the Madi Snana after it was stopped two years ago by Sri Vidyadheesha Theertha Swamiji of the Paryaya Sri Palimar Math.
'Madi Snana' is a ritual where members of the scheduled tribes and lower castes roll on banana leaves and the leftover food from the lunch served to the Brahmins, whereas 'Ede Snana' involves rolling over the food offered to the deities in the temple, which is then offered to cows to complete the ritual.
Reportedly, the pontiff took this decision to avoid unnecessary controversies. "Such rituals can be discontinued for the good of the public,” he reportedly said.
However, despite this announcement, more than 300 partook in the Ede Snana ritual yesterday at the Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in the Dakshina Kannada district.
The Madi Snana ritual had been banned by the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill introduced in 2017 as it violated human dignity. Though the ritual has been a part of controversies over the past few years, those who practice it believe that it cures them of skin diseases and other ailments.
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