Udupi: Devotees perform ‘Ede Snana’ at Sri Muchlukodu Subrahmanya Temple

Udupi: Devotees at the historical Sri Muchlukodu Subrahmanya Temple which comes under the Pejawar Math on Thursday performed ‘Ede Snana,’ a modified version of the centuries-old tradition of ‘Made Made Snana.’ As many as 10 – 15  devotees  participated in the “Ede Snana” ritual.

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‘Made Made Snana’ drew severe criticism from intellectuals, revolutionary organisations, Swamijis and other members of the society who opposed the practice of devotees rolling over the plantain leaves containing the leftovers of devotees belonging to the upper caste. Even as the issue reached the court, the ritual was followed amid criticism and confusion.

Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Math had suggested “Ede Snana” as an alternative to the “Made Made Snana” ritual. It is for the Third successive year that the “Ede Snana” was held at this temple.

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Ede snana is a modified version of Made Made snana (a ritual of rolling over food eaten by Upper class) which has been stayed by the Supreme Court. Under “Made Snana,” the devotees roll over the plantain leaves containing leftovers of meals partaken by Brahmins. But under “Ede Snana,” devotees roll over the “prasada” or “food offered to the deity” kept on plantain leaves.


  1. There is no scientific evidence that rolling over the left overs will cure skin diseases or any kind of diseases. The idiotic practice probably started hundreds of years ago by Brahmins to show their superiority and to exploit the poor and illiterates by preaching that such rollover will cure their diseases. If Brahmins believe that theory, I suggest that Brahmims should rollover the leftovers of Dalits or so called lower caste to cure their diseases. Anyway, the practice is against the decency and self esteem of a human being. Hopefully, the growing educated people in India will realize the truth one day and put the perpetrators in the right place. What goes around comes around and wait for the days when temples and supporters of such stupid practice might be at the receiving end.

  2. “There is no scientific evidence that …” screams ‘brahmana dhweshi’ Sas

    Is there a scientific evidence behind God? Do you think Brahmana people invented ‘god’ thousands of years ago to exploit poor and illiterates? Just trying to understand the nature and depth of your selective outrage.

    • Do you think Brahmana people invented ‘god’ thousands of years ago to exploit poor and illiterates? -Atheist Mr.Original

      Sir, Let our Original explain is Pejawar is worshipping the same Brahma, who exploits lower class religiously and politically?

      Jai Hind

  3. The first thing that always came to my mind was – Why do these brahmana’s take extra food knowing fully well they cannot eat that much? Why couldn’t they have just left the remaining food in the pot, and invited all the hungry for a feast, and this would have made perfect sense.

    First food is wasted, and what is worse is to see a fellow human being degraded by encouraging him to roll in those left overs with a hope that this would cure them of their “Skin diseases” ???? This is the 21st century and still people practise all this? I’m shaking my head in disbelief.

    The problem is many of my compatriots have a more serious form of “brain disease”. One suggests and the other becomes that mama’s boy and does. This is on the internet and people all over world can read this absurdity, and so when people ridicule us we should not get offended.

  4. Dear readers,

    These days, Indian policymakers are debating how to create a vast new food entitlement program. There is talk of poor households struggling to cope with high food prices and malnourishment among their children.

    What you don’t hear much about, however, is the most tragic and outrageous consequence of India’s failure to feed its people adequately: starvation deaths.

    India is a nation that prides itself on having been self-sufficient in food production for decades and having leaped forward economically over the past 20 years. So it isn’t surprising that public officials and even many in the media are reluctant to face up to the painful reality that hunger persists in 2012. Starvation doesn’t fit neatly into the story of a “shining” India.

    Historically oppressed and disenfranchised lower castes and tribal populations – known as “scheduled castes” and “scheduled tribes” — are the poorest of the poor and the most at risk. It is no surprise that most reported starvation deaths occur in these communities. In Bihar the under-five mortality rate for scheduled castes is 113 deaths per 1,000 births, compared to the state-wide average of 85 and the all-India average of 74.

    India is a food surplus nation but according to the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2011 Global Hunger Index, it ranks 67th out of 81 countries and has more than 200 million food-insecure people, the most in the world. (The Hunger Index measures hunger based on the percentage of a country’s population that is undernourished, the proportion of children under five years old who are underweight, and the mortality rate of children under five.)

    This is a common occurrence in some of the villages in Utter Pradesh, Bihar and many other states of India. So many people are dying every day out of starvation and hunger. These villages suffer from extreme poverty and hunger.

    So many people are dying every day out of starvation and hunger In villages like Palamu, Gadwa, Chatara people are dying every day while the entire nation is watching as mute spectators. It is already a well known fact that children in Bihar, Orissa, UP are dying every day after feeding themselves on a fistful of rice or one glass of dirty water. According to a recent survey, almost 20 people have died out of starvation and hunger in the last month and one can only imagine how many more are yet to die out of these extreme conditions. Such shocking occurrences are happening everyday in our own nation.

    In the past decade, India has emerged as a major agricultural exporter, with exports climbing from just over $5 billion in 2003 to a record of more than $39 billion in 2013. When poor goes starving, the upper caste throne politics Brahmins dictating the poverty.

    As long as the Hindu religious leaders like Pejawar who is dictating the terms,even Supreme court of India will shame to hide his face for poverty death. If Pejawar has right to overrule the practice of ‘Sati’ he would have modified with religious coercion will encourage it.

    Is feeding the poor is more blessed than rolling over the food? Is Supreme court of India will voluntarily made to sit on wheel chair? Is this the Modi’s ‘Digital India’?

    Jai Hind

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