Mangaluru: The Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim held a meeting regarding ‘Made Made Snana’ at his office here, on December 15.
Addressing the mediapersons Ibrahim said that as per traditions, the Kukke Shri Subramanya Temple in Sullia taluk holds ‘Champa Shashti’ and devotees perform ‘Made Made Snana’ irrespective of faith, caste or creed. This year ‘Champa Shashti’ will be held from 15 to 17 December.
However some head priests and progressive thinkers had opposed and protested against this age old practice. The government had decided to scrap this practice but since it was a matter of debate between two groups, one supporting and the other oppose this practice, the practice could not be banned completely.
The Karnataka High Court in November 2012 had then directed that ‘Made Made Snana’ to be banned and instead ‘Yede Snana’ should be performed, where the devotees rolled over ‘Naivedya’ (Prasadam). However, in December 2012 the Supreme Court squashed the High court directive and issued a stay order and in November 2014 High Court allowed ‘Made Made Snana’ to be perfomed. The Supreme Court issued a stay order and ruled that ‘Yede Snana’ could be performed instead of ‘Made Made Snana’, he said.
Ibrahim also said that around 1600 devotees used to perform ‘Made Made Snana’ but from 27 December 2014 as per the Supreme Court’s order only ‘Yede Snana’ has to be performed. “This year, the devotees will have the opportunity to perform only ‘Yede Snana’ instead of ‘Made Made Snana’,” he added.