Subramanya, December 8: For perhaps the first time in the last 400 years, urulu seve (Made Snana) a religious ritual, that will be performed on December 10 this year, is being opposed by the Dalit and backward community organisations. It is the practice of non-Brahmin devotees rolling on the plantain leaves on which Brahmins would have partaken food. The ritual has been performed year after year at the Kukke Subramanya temple in Subramanya village in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
Karnataka Rajya Hindulidavargagala Jagruta Vedike (KRHJV) and Dalita Hindulida Alpasankhyata Samanvaya Vedike (HASV) of Mysore are all set to oppose the ritual of non-Brahmin devotees conducting urulu seve. K.S. Shivaram, president of the KRHJV, said here on Tuesday that activists of Dalit and backward castes organisations from Mysore, Kodagu and Sullia will stage protests on December 10 (auspicious Shasti) in Subramanya against what he described as “inhuman, uncivilised” ritual forced upon the non-Brahmins by the priestly class for several centuries now.
Though the ritual has been in practice for several centuries, it was N.S. Devi Prasad, a progressive leader of Sampaje, who brought the issue to the public domain two years ago and urged the Kukke Subramanya temple authorities to discontinue the ritual, which is a “disgrace to civic society”.
Speaking about this, he said that he had discussed the issue with Vidya Prasanna Theertha Swami, seer of the Kukke Subramanya math. “Admitting that the practice was a social evil, the seer said that as the ritual has been practised for about 400 years it would be difficult to stop it immediately. However, he said he would mull over the issue”, Mr. Prasad said.