‘Purification’ ceremony conducted in Udupi after Dalit meeting: Report

Yuva Brigade, an outfit of the Sangh Parivar, reportedly conducted the purification ceremony in the surroundings of the Sree Krishna temple in Udupi alleging that the area was rendered 'impure' by the attendance of Dalits.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 4:17 pm
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Days after Jignesh Mevani, the lawyer who commandeered Dalit protests in Gujarat’s Una, held a public meeting attended by thousands of Dalits in the temple town of Udupi in Karnataka, a Sangh parivar outfit carried out a ‘shudhikalasham’ (purification) ceremony. According to a report in Dool News, Yuva Brigade, an outfit of the Sangh Parivar, conducted the purification ceremony in the surroundings of the Sree Krishna temple alleging that the area was rendered ‘impure’ by the attendance of Dalits. The farcical ceremony was purportedly led by Vishweshwa Theertha, 86-year-old seer of the Pejewara Mutt. Photographs accompanying the Dool News report showed Theertha cleaning the street with a broom and leading a protest march along with members of the Yuva Brigade. It is reported that the march was held despite orders by the district administration not to do so. IndianExpress.com could not independently verify the event.

The rally titled ‘Chalo Udupi’ on October 9 was attended by thousands of Dalits from Bengaluru to Udupi. Mevani, who spoke at the concluding meeting in Udupi, demanded a ban on cow slaughter groups in the state and the custom of ‘pankti bheda’ (caste-based seating arrangement for food) at the Udupi temple. “We are willing to go to jail for this,” said Mevani. The Gujarat-based lawyer also alleged caste-based discrimination in the allocation of land by the government.

The Pejewara mutt, of which Theertha is the current head, is one of eight mutts managing the activities of the temple. Each mutt is given a term of two years. Theertha, who was a participant of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in the 90s, is seen to be close to the RSS and its outfits especially in southern Karnataka, its stronghold. The aged seer had also inaugurated a march for Hindu unification led by SNDP leader Vellapally Natesan in Kerala months ago before the state elections there. BDJS, a party floated by Natesan, is currently an ally of the BJP in Kerala. The seer’s inauguration of the march was heavily criticised then by the CPM.

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First Published on: October 27, 2016 11:32 am
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    Abrrad
    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:43 am
    Several English media are funded by Christian org and desperately seek and distort news to divide the nation. Dalit untouchability and purification is near zero except for small villages. Even in such places, it is usually done by few s to control power rather than real religion worries.
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      Ankit bihari
      Oct 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm
      Why doesn't change their religion. Come to the budhism.
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        Give a
        Oct 27, 2016 at 10:18 am
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          Anand
          Oct 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm
          Check your facts - who is maintaining Shouchalayas in Bihar. By the why bring in a Brahmin here... Answer first whether you will go down the man..
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            Ilamadhi
            Oct 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm
            So this is a report of a report! Nothing original or based on "intelligence". Shame on Indian Express!
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              Babu
              Oct 28, 2016 at 1:28 am
              Bhanggis
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                Babu
                Oct 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm
                S a l a cha mar
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                  Pradeep
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 9:20 am
                  Complete farce story. Blatant lies. Do IE care to verify before publishing such bogus news? Do you have simple journalistic ethics??
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                    Tinku
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 10:54 am
                    Bhai , ask that sangh parivar whether they support the custom of ‘pankti bheda’ (caste-based seating arrangement for food) at the Udupi temple. You will see their anti-dalit mentality very clearly.
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                      Sameer.
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 10:40 am
                      This is wrong to bring temple and seer in this controversy. I protest.
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                        SubbuI
                        Oct 28, 2016 at 2:27 am
                        SHAME ON THESE GOONS CALLING THEM HINDU PROTECTERS AND COW VIGILANTICTS AND SO ON. WE ARE TRYING TO REACH MOON AND MARS. THESE JOKERS DO SUDHI KARAN. GO AND SEE THEIR HOME TOILETS. HOW MUCH FILTHY AND DIRTY THEY ARE. THEY MUST CLEAN THEM FIRST AND THEN CLEAN IE TO DO SHUDHIKALASHAM OF NAGPUR THE BIRTH PLACE OF ALL SINS
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                          SubbuI
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 9:22 am
                          WHO WILL DO SUDHI KARAN OF NAGPUR THE PLACE WHERE ALL SINS ARE ORIGENATED FROM ,THE RELEIGIOUS AND CAST BASED DIVISION ALL FROM RSS ONLY. RSS MUST BE BANNED.
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                            confusedAAPian
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                            When dictors wear gloves and mask while treating their patiens , doctors are inhuman as they treat patient as Dalits and untouchable. lt;br/gt;Freedom of expression based on freedom of beliefs. lt;br/gt;Whatever be my caste , i have right to treat any caste person as untouchable if I believe he/she is a nose digger.
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                              Adrian Akau
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 6:20 am
                              It is an example of intolerance. Upper caste believe themselves to be the superior race and believe Dalit are sub-humans.
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                                Anil Sabaji
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 7:38 am
                                Absurd. When will you wake up from spreading false news. A News paper should have some level of authenticity for its articles. IE s only goal has become serving its masters and not Nation.
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                                  Anil Sabaji
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 7:53 am
                                  Upper castes have already given up their rightful jobs to the backward by means of reservation. The Poor brahmin are living with their small earning and still not complaining. Now, Dalits want to sit with upper caste for eating, Anyone stopping them? In Udupi, many upper caste people sit with rest and have the Prasadam. Only thing they dont do is announcing and proving that they are upper caste.lt;br/gt;In many orthodox Brahmin homes, g parents will not sit and eat with their own children unless they are clean and take shower and come. They will not touch even the members of their own family. That is their custom, Where is the question of complaining. If you want to sit with Brahmin for eating, you can do it, first learn how to eat like a brahmin, what do they do before eating, when will they start eating, how do the end eating. Learn all that and sit with a brahmin and eat. Will it taste any different? Dalits should be more worried about utilizing the apportunities thrown at them, dont get in to petty issues. These issues are for dalits who have political ambitions.
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                                    Ankush
                                    Oct 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                                    Sheer nonsense. Swami Vishwesha Tirtha has been at the forefront of unification of the Hindu society and is a strong votary of equal rights for all communities within Hinduism. Further, there is no bar on Dalits from visiting the Krishna temple. Lastly, can any Sangh Parivar outfit actually conduct a purification ceremony when it is focused on getting backing of SCs, uming even if for nothing else, for electoral gains.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Shame on IE for reproducing garbage as news, without any attempt towards verification or even application of base logic.
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                                      Oct 28, 2016 at 1:11 am
                                      If this news report is false why don't the concerned move a litigation against The Indian Express by dividing the people on caste basis
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                                        Archpagan
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 7:16 am
                                        The area really became ‘impure’ by the attendance of Secularists. .
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                                          Archpagan
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 8:20 am
                                          You have no business here. Go and blow yourself up in a crowded mosque, so that mother earth gets rid of unnecessary burden.
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                                            arvind
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 3:50 am
                                            Dalit should unite with Muslims now to defeat Brahmins!!!. OBCs are fool, so they will never get organised.
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