Sullia: 299 devotees take part in Made Made Snana
|Daijiworld Media Network – Sullia (SP)
Sullia, Nov 26: In spite of raging controversy over the issue, and disregarding protests by those who brand the ritual as outdated and superstitious, 299 devotees performed Made Made Snana at Sri Subrahmanyeshwara Temple, Subrahmanya in the taluk, on the first day of Champa Shashti festival on Tuesday November 25.
After the Mahapuja in the afternoon, food was served in the outer precincts of the temple. After the concerned consumed food, devotees who had taken a vow to perform the said service to the Lord rolled over the banana leaves containing left overs. They included women, men and children, belonging to various castes and regions.
This time around, the temple surroundings was enveloped in serenity, as the devotees were assured of being allowed to fulfill their vows as per the high court verdict delivered recently unlike last year.
As several organizations had given a call for protest and awareness campaigns against the above ritual, police personnel were present in large numbers to stop any untoward incident from happening. The first day of the festival however passed off peacefully.
There had been question mark on the continuance of this traditional method of austerity performed by devotees, after various organizations and thinkers alike had called for enforcing a ban on the ritual, terming it as a kind of caste-based discrimination.
In its order dated Wednesday November 19, the state HC said Made Made Snana Snana can be performed at Subrahmanya temple for three days from November 25 to 27 (Margasheera Shuddha Chowti to Shashti) when the annual car festival is held.
Champa Shasthi, also known as Chambasasti or Chamba Sasthi, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed on the 6th day in the month of Margashirsh in Maharashtra and other regions. In 2015, the date of Chamba Shasti is December 17. The day is of great significance at Jejuri near Pune, which has a temple dedicated to Martand also known as Malhari or Khandoba or Kanderao. Lord Shiva took the form of Martand to destroy two demons named Mani and Malla.
Sasti, or Shashthi, is the sixth day in a lunar fortnight in Hindu calendar and is mainly dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya.
Legend has it that two demons named Mani and Malla became powerful by performing intense Tapas (austerities) dedicated to Brahma. After several years Brahma gave them boons. With unimaginable power on their disposal, Mani and Malla started harassing demi gods and humans. They created havoc and disturbed the peaceful life on earth and heaven.
Manichurna Mountain the abode of several Saints was taken over by the demons. Rishis and demigods approached Shiva.
Shiva brought out several lieutenants from his matted lock to fight Mani and Malla and went to Manichurna Mountain. He himself took the form of Bhairav, the terrible form of Shiva and Parvati took the form of Mhalsa. In some regions, Mhalsa is believed to be an incarnation of Mohini and Parvati.
The battle began on the first day of Margashirsh. Mani and Malla fought hard for six days. Finally, they fell on the feet of Shiva and they were killed. This happened on the sixth day of Margashirsh and is observed as Chamba Shasti. It is believed Lord Shiva decided to stay here in the form of a Swayambhu lingam after defeating the demons.
Jejuri is one the popular pilgrim place in Maharashtra, located 38-km from Pune and 60 -km from Sholapur. It is the temple of Lord Khandoba. Jejuri popularly known as Khandobachi Jejuri, most important God worshipped by Dhangar, the oldest cummanity in Maharashtra. It is believed that Khandoba, is a god of Sakam Bhakti means the God who fulfils all the wishes of his devotees. Jejuri is popular for its old Deep Mala. Jejuri is a place where the Shivaaji Maharaj met his father Shahaji Raje here after a long period. This meeting was historically very important as both discussed the strategies against Mughals, here. In That period, Jejuri was one of the major hill forts in South region. One must visit Jejuri to see the crystal stands. Jejuri is one of the important temples in Maharashtra with historical importance. ‘ Kandobacha Yelkot ‘..’ Jay Malhar ‘ are some of the popular terms here. One can find many holy places in and nearby the Jejuri temple. Khandoba,, also famous as Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan is a regional Hindu God, worshipped as Mārtanda Bhairava, a form of Shiva, mainly in the Deccan part of India. He is the most popular family deity(Kul Devata) in Maharashtra, the patron deity of Deshastha Brahmin, warrior, farming and herding castes, the hunters and gatherers of the hills and forests. The cult of Khandoba has linkages with Vaishnava and Jain traditions, and also assimilates all communities irrespective of caste, including Muslims. Khandoba is popular with Mallanna in Andhra Pradesh and Mailara in Karnataka. (The God Is Also Known in Different Names Like: Mallari, Malhari,Mailar,Martand,Ravalnath, Yelkoti Mahadev. )The worship of Khandoba developed during the 9th and 10th centuries from a folk deity into a composite god possessing the attributes of Shiva, Bhairava, Surya and Karttikeya Skanda.
He is depicted either in the form of a Lingam, or as an image riding on a bull or a horse. The foremost centre of Khandoba worship is Jejuri in Maharashtra. The legends of Khandoba, found in the text Malhari Mahatmya and also narrated in folk songs, revolve around his victory over demons Mani-Malla and his marriages.
Location : 38-km From Pune
Maharashtra Presiding Deity : Lord Khandoba
Popularly Known as : Khandobachi Jejuri
Throwing great clouds of an offering of turmeric powder called bhandara into the air, the pilgrims paint the town golden yellow; a color they associate with the power of the sun and one suggestive of Khandoba’s solar origin. Shouts of the ritual slogan ‘Sadanandacha Yelkot’ and ‘Yelkot Yelkot Jai Malhar’ acclaim Khandoba’s everlasting bliss. Understandably, the pilgrims refer to the town as Sonyache Jejuri, or Golden Jejuri.
Khandoba aka Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan is a regional Hindu deity, worshipped as Mārtanda Bhairava, a form of Shiva, mainly in the Deccan plateau of India. He is the most popular family deity in Maharashtra. A six-day festival, from the first to sixth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Margashirsha, in honour of Khandoba is celebrated at Jejuri Temple.
A jatra is held in Pember on Champa-Shashthi, and the festival continues until Purnima (New Moon Day), A palakhi (palanquin) procession of Khandoba and Mhalsa’s images is carried from the Gad-kot temple to the Karha River, where the images are ritually bathed. Thousands of pilgrims, devoted to Khandoba have come to Jejuri temple to celebrate the Festival. During the festival, turmeric powder (haldi) is offered to the Lord Khandoba.
Almost all visitors carry small packets of haldi and offer it to every deity from mahadwara to the archamurti Lord Khandoba. The riches and mandaps built for several parivaradevaths are receiving haldi offering with utmost satisfaction. As every one takes and offers, the whole ground appears like a yellow sheet. Regular worship goes on round the year with haldi offering mainly.
During the Bhandara festival, Devotees perform various self-inflicted Religious Rituals. Ranging from mortification of the flesh, barefoot pilgrimages, piercing the body, walking on their knees; all as an act of devotion or penance. Devotees call this form Bhakti (Devotion) as Ugra (violent, demonic).
By publicly practicing self-torture and, above all, by coming out of it unharmed, the Devotee shows everybody that the divine entity that is believed to descend upon him during the possession or the trance, has the faculty to make him insensitive to the stimuli of pain. Religious observance suggests that it has two main purposes. One is the hope of rooting out some physical appetite, thereby achieving purity and self-mastery, and thus merit. The other, much the main purpose, is to induce an ecstatic or transcendent state often interpreted by believers as contact with the divine.
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