Malekudiyas warn of legal battle to take control over Kukke shrine

Mangaluru : Malekudiya tribal community has warned that it would wage a legal battle for control over Kukke Subrahmanya Temple if the state government bans Made Snana.
The community which plays a very important role in the Champa Shashti celebrations at the shrine has in a letter to Mujrai Minister Rudrappa Lamani and Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa made an appeal against banning Madesnana tradition under the proposed Anti-Superstition Act-2017.
A petition questioning the ban on Madesnana is already before the Supreme Court. In the past, the Kukke Shrine was in the control of two tribal communities named Kukke and Linga, said Bhasker Bendodi, President of State Tribal Welfare Forum.
Only Malekudiyas have the right to offer Pancha Parva Seve. They also play an important role during Champa Shashti and other festivals when they get the temple’s Brahma Ratha and Panchami Ratha ready, he added.
“We are now waiting for a response from the Mujrai Department. If our appeal is turned down we will go to the court seeking control over the shrine,” he warned.

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