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.
‘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.
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.