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The News Minute | November 19, 2014 | 5.03 pm IST A division bench of the Karnataka High Court has permitted the made made snana (pronounced madey) ritual held in Kukke Subrahmanya temple in Dakshina Kannada district to continue in its original form. Hearing a petition on Wednesday, the High Court had permitted the ritual to continue in its original form which involved devotes rolling over the leftovers of meals consumed by Brahmins. The ritual is a harake, a fulfillment of a promise made to a deity and is held for three days during the Champa Shashti which falls around November-December. This year, the ritual will be held on November 25, 26, 27. The ritual is held in the Kukke Subrahmanya temple as well as other temples in coastal Karnataka, but the occurrence of the ritual in the Kukke Subrahmanya temple became controversial after a social activist named K Shivaramu was assaulted in the temple by a group of people belonging to the tribal Malekudiya community. After this incident a group of people had sought judicial intervention to stop the ritual on grounds that it was casteist and also promoted superstition. Religious leaders such as the seer of the Nidumamidi Mutt in Bagepalli have demanded an end to the practice and had even approached the courts asking for judicial intervention. Other religious leaders such as the Seer of the Pejavar Mutt Vishveshwa Tirtha Swami said that he was not in favour of hurting the sentiments of people who wished to offer such worship by forcefully stopping the ritual.

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