'Made-Snana' will be banned in 2 months: K'taka CM

Bangalore: After months of public debate, Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Thursday announced that 'Made-Snana', a controversial ritual practiced in some temples of the State for centuries, would be banned in two months.

"The practice of Made-Snana will be stopped within two months," Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said in a suo motu statement in the Legislative Council, where Tontadarya (BJP) raised a question on various temple superstitions being practiced in the State.

Made-Snana is a ritual where people roll on plantain leaves off which Brahmins have had their meals, to fulfil 'Harake' (an offering made for a wish) and also with the belief that it would help in curing skin diseases.

The practice, particularly in Subramanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district, has become an issue of intense debate in the State, with sections of the society seeing the ritual as an "atrocity against Dalits", while supporters maintain that people perform it voluntarily with certain beliefs, which can't be questioned.

About 100 swamijis heading various mutts in the state had congregated at Freedom Park earlier this week to protest against age-old superstitions, especially Made-Snana, and demanded a ban on them.

Informing the House that he has already started a dialogue with people concerned, the Chief Minister said he is in contact with pontiff of Pejawar mutt Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji and others in an attempt to stop the ritual.