Mangaluru, Feb 23, 2016: The Zhundi of the new peetadhipathi-elect of Kadali Yogeshwar Mutt, Nirmalnath, of the Bairag sect of Nath Panth, had halts at 92 places during its six-month journey on foot.
The peethadhipathi-elect carried with him the Patra Devata which is worshipped by him not only through the yatra but also during his 12-year tenure as peetadhipathi here.
The seers who are accompanying Nirmalnath on foot will return to their respective mutts after March 7 by bus or train, said P. Keshavanath, convener, Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka Mahotsava Samithi.
A great deal of information on Nath Panth was available in the book Gorakshanath and Kanpata Yogis written by G.W. Briggs, first published in 1938 in Kolkata, he said.
The seer of the mutt had an important role to play in all festivals of Kadri Manjunatha temple. On the day of the car festival at the temple, he leads the procession on a horse in front of the chariot. A day before the start of the annual festival of the temple at Kadri, the Yogeshwar Mutt seer offers prayers at Mangaladevi temple seeking blessings for the smooth running of the festival at Kadri.
The yatra visiting the Kudroli temple and Venkatramana temple at car street indicated the link of the Nath Panth with these two temples also, it was informed to media on Feb 22.
P. Keshavanath, convener, Paryaya Raja Pattabhisheka Mahotsava Samithi, said that several cultural, spiritual programmes would be conducted on the mutt premises from February 26 to March 7 as part the anointing / deekhsha ceremony.