Udupi; Dec 31: Pejavara Mataadheesha Shree Vishvesha Thirtha Swamiji has announced that he has decided not to sit in palanquin carried by human beings anymore.
Addressing the press reporters in the press meet held in the premises of monastery (Mutt) on Dec 30, Monday, Pejavar senior Shree said that the programme of carrying all the Swamijis of Astamata in palanquin carried by human beings in the procession will be held on January 18, morning in the wake of Kaniyoor Mataadheesha’s Paryaya programme.
Recently in Uttara Karnataka, palanquin carried transversely and in some literature programmes presidents of conferences were being carried in palanquins carried by human beings. In the wake of discussions and criticizations everywhere about this matter were started across the state,Pejavar Swamiji has decided not to sit in the palanquin carried by human beings anymore, it said.
He further said that there is a custom of bringing the Swamiji in palanquin, who is going to ascend the pedestal from Jodukatte along with Swamijis of seven more monasteries (Mutts) during Udupi Astamata’s Paryaya period. But without breaking the existing custom, he has decided to participate in the programme by coming in a palanquin carried by the vehicle.
This decision of mine has been approved by Kaniyoor Mutt’s Shreevidhyavallabha Thirtha, Swamiji who is going to ascend the pedestal (Peeta) and agreed by Palimar mataadheesha.Therefore we all will come in palanquin kept in vehicle. But remaining swamiji’s, they are free to adopt, choose their own method, said Pejavar Shreeji.
He also said that recently in Moodbidri’s Vishwanudisi programme, the dispute, arose when writers, literateurs were being carried in palanquin carried by human beings, Pejavar Swamji has given the statement opposing the system. Now it is not wise to follow the system. He also added that he was not in favour of this system from the beginning but now time has come to implement it, he opined.
Besides in Uttara Karnataka when the dispute of palanquin carried transversely arosed, some people by giving the example of Udupi Astamata, confirmed their stand. Since it is already being opposed in the region, we have decided in Udupi that we only will come forward to bring changes in the system, he said.
Even when dispute on ‘Madesnana’ was started, he has suggested some alternative solutions for that, said Shree Vishvesha Thirtha.
When Swamiji was asked the question about the controversy created over the issue of inviting all the Mataadheeshas from eight monasteries during last Paryaya period, Swamiji refused to respond the question.