Wednesday, March 7, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Here, Brahmins roll on plantain leaves

Here, Brahmins roll on plantain leaves
Naveen Y, TNN | Mar 7, 2012, 12.29PM IST

TUMKUR: This is something that will perplex opponents of the infamous
'Made Snana' ritual, which is facing a ban in Karnataka. For, in this
case, the ritual can't be viewed as an atrocity against dalits going
by the way it is held in Beteraya Swamy temple at Turuvekere in Tumkur
district. Here, Brahmins roll on plantain leaves with leftovers of
meals served to dalits.

Usually, the ritual in Kukke Subramanya and other temples has lower
caste people roll over leaves in which Brahmins had their meals. While
the ritual is practised mainly in Naga temples across the state, in
Turuvekere, it happens in a Vishnu temple on March 6 every year.

The ritual has been on at Beteraya temple, which is under the muzrai
department, for over 400 years now and attracts Brahmins from all over
the state.

'Made Snana' is a 'harake' (an offering made for a wish). In this
case, the offering is to roll on leftovers of food consumed by dalits.
It is also believed that the ritual helps in curing skin diseases.

Several women and children were among the 600 Brahmins who took part
in the ritual on Tuesday. "Good things have happened to me due to Made
Snana. I wanted to be part of the ritual," said Ravi Narayan, one of
the participants.

"We wait till dalits finish their meals on the temple premises and
later roll on the plantain leaves," he added.

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