Sullia, Dec 15, 2015: Devotees at the historical Kukke Subramanya temple on Tuesday performed ‘Ede Snana,’ a modified version of the centuries-old tradition of ‘Made Snana.’ Ede Snana is a ritual of rolling over the prasadam offered to the presiding deity.
‘Made Snana’ drew severe criticism from intellectuals, revolutionary organisations, seers and other members of society who opposed the practice of devotees rolling over the plantain leaves containing the leftovers of devotees belonging to upper caste, after they had dined. This will be performed during the three days starting from Tuesday, Dec 15 to Dec 17, 2015.
Devotees undertaking the ritual have come from different parts of the State. They were called inside the temple where the prasadam was offered to the presiding deity. The prasadam was first offered to cows. After the cows ate a portion of the prasadam, devotees rolled over it.
Activists have been opposing Made Snana and Ede Snana on the ground that these practices were regressive and inhuman. They had asked the State Government to ban these two practices.
Elaborate security arrangements were made to prevent any distruption of rituals.